Flu season has come early this year, and it doesn’t look like it will be over any time soon. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Jan. 18, 48 states reported widespread geographic flu activity. So even if you’re not sick, someone around you may be under the weather.

This is especially true in the workplace. Chances are someone in your office isn’t feeling well but decided to come to work anyway. A 2011 CareerBuilder survey found that 72 percent of workers typically go to work when they’re sick. One reason? The guilt factor. More than half of workers said they feel guilty if they call in sick.

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