Calling In Sick

Calling In Sick: Err, Lazy?

Cartoonists are problem solvers. It’s an odd job with strange challenges.

What do corporate zombies look like?

Why would a dog ride a motorcycle?

French horns playing baseball?!

We’re always looking for a unique take, a novel approach. So when a co-worker once confided that management was suspicious of his traditional Friday “illnesses,” I suggested he stop calling in sick – and just start calling in lazy.

OK, so maybe it wasn’t the sympathy he was looking for, but I did get a good cartoon out of it!

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Mark Anderson, professional cartoonist

About the Author: Mark Anderson’s cartoons appear in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Anderson is the creator of the popular cartoon website,, where he licenses his cartoons for presentations, newsletters and other projects. He blogs at Andertoons cartoon blog.


Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website,

10 Reactions
  1. Great one, Mark. This sounds like the bumper sticker I saw that said something like, “I used up all my sick days, so I’m calling in Dead.” I think this one is better.

  2. Funny stuff, I always love their expressions. You’re right TJ, it would make a good bumper sticker or even a t-shirt.

  3. What a great post. Maybe your friend could make a bumper sticker out of and then just quit!

  4. nice post and believe in your write up that catoonist are problem solvers

  5. This one definitely gave me a vocal chuckle, thank you Mark!

  6. Thanks, all! Glad you liked this one so much!

  7. I agree, it would definitely make a good bumper sticker.

    Great cartoon! I definitely enjoy this one, and i agree with the others that it will make a good bumper sticker.

  8. This is a phenomena you see in Sweden. Try to call someone on a Friday afternoon. They are in a “meeting” outside the office, e.g. going home early.

  9. That’s a trend I can get behind!