A new survey has revealed that many employees went into work in January despite being unwell.
The YouGov poll, commissioned by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), revealed that one in four respondents showed up at work when they were ill and this was often because they did not want to let their colleagues down.
However, this was a sentiment expressed by more women than men, as 24 per cent of them worried about their co-workers compared to 18 per cent of their male counterparts.
Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC, urged bosses to make sure their workers stay at home if they genuinely are unwell as it can damage productivity.
"Coughs and sneezes still spread diseases and the worst thing you can do to your workmates is pass on your illness," he said.
Last month, many employers spoke out against a new advertising campaign from Benylin as they claimed it encouraged people to take sick days.