Doc­tor tells em­ploy­ers to ease off

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - Se­bug­waawo. writes Is­mail

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.

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