Even though they are suffering from severe bouts of cold or flu, a number of British workers are afraid to ask for sick leave as they fear that they could lose their jobs, a new study revealed. According to a survey conducted by Canada Life Group, employees said they worry about their colleagues judging them if they do not come to office, Daily Mail reported.
It was found heavy workload was a significant reason for a fall in sick days.
Canada Life Group Insurance is one of Britain's largest group-risk insurance companies.
Employees said being aware that work would build up in their absence put them off staying at home.
A third of workers surveyed said they would go to work if they had the flu, and 93 percent said a cold was not a good enough reason to stay at home.
"It is worrying to see that so many employees feel they cannot take a day off," said Paul Avis, from Canada Life Group.
The British economy has been on a plateau since the 2008 financial crisis, with small spurts of growth and contraction.