Over half of all workers have gone to work despite feeling ill, according to a new survey.
The research from mutual friendly society Benenden Healthcare also revealed that about a third of employees have gone back to work before fully shrugging off an illness.
In addition, it was found that older members of staff are the least likely out of all workers to take time off due to sickness.
"With the pace of today's corporate lifestyles, people feel under growing pressure to come into work while they are ill," commented Jakki Stubbington of Benenden Healthcare.
The study comes shortly after a report from Confederation of British Industry and insurer AXA revealed that 175 million working days were lost in 2006 due to sick days, costing businesses a collective £13.4 billion in the process.
It also suggested that employers believe about 12 per cent of all sick days to involve staff ringing in and claiming that they are ill when they are not.