Managers are being warned that sick employees often continue to come to work because they do not want their bosses to think they are "weak", a new report shows.
Benenden Healthcare questioned more than 1,000 workers and found that while 66% of them have suffered with a cold in the past three months, the majority have not taken any time off.
The group found that members of staff are reluctant to stay at home to recuperate from an illness, partly because they want to impress their managers with their level of commitment.
Jill Gardiner, of Benenden Healthcare, says: "It is very concerning that people evidently feel under such pressure that they are going back to work while still ill. It could well be that people think taking a day off is a sign of weakness, while battling into the office shows commitment to their job. The reality is that it will only delay their recovery from their illness and risk infecting others. It is important people get sufficient rest and time to recuperate from illnesses, even the common cold."