Doctor tells employers to ease off
Employers have been told not to overburden their employees and to compliment them for their work as part of efforts to improve happiness in the workplace,
Dr Mohammed Wasif Alam, Dubai Health Authority's Director of Public Health and Safety Department, was speaking at the second day of the BOHS Worker Health Protection Conference in Abu Dhabi. The first day heard from health and safety inspectors who said construction firms were putting lives at risk with a lack of training and poor quality equipment. Alam said employers should appreciate employees’ work. “Simple words like thank you, good job, fantastic work, can make a big difference,” he told delegates. “Give them a letter of appreciation, drop them an email or a text message. It doesn’t necessarily mean increasing their salaries or giving them money.” He also warned of the dangers of micromanaging workers. “Making a person do many tasks in a short period of time and being always on top of them seeing how they do it, makes them unhappy, highly strained and causes depression,” he said. “The worker cannot think and cannot produce good results. “Also people doing a lot of work with no appreciation from bosses risk getting cardiovascular illnesses like high blood pressure,” he noted. “You can always see such people smoking just to help kill the stress.” Alam also advised companies to allow workers time to do regular exercise, engage in social activities and change their working environment if needed.