Effect of Ta’awun (Mutual Cooperation) among Private School Teachers in Sustaining Sejahtera Occupational Safety and Health Environment

Kesan Ta’awun (Kerjasama Bersaling) kalangan Guru-guru Sekolah Swasta bagi Mengekalkan Persekitaran Sejahtera Keselamatan Pekerjaan dan Kesihatan


  • Suhaimi Mhd Sarif International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Yusof Ismail International Islamic University Malaysia


Mutual cooperation, Sejahtera, Occupational safety and health, Private school, Malaysia


Sejahtera occupational safety and health environment are essential for schools. Sejahtera denotes peace, balanced, and harmony. The violation of sejahtera occupational safety and health environment leads to job stress, job dissatisfaction, lack of co-worker support, and inadequate supervisory support. This situation contributed to severe work-life imbalance, mental health illness, and physical unwell among school teachers. The non-sejahtera situation has also led to turnover among tenured private school teachers. Ta’awun (mutual cooperation) among school administrators and teachers would be able to sustain sejahtera occupational safety and health environment. Sejahtera environment will reduce turnover among experienced teachers. This study explores the influence of ta’awun (mutual cooperation) among school administrators and teachers in creating sejahtera health and safety environment. It used a personal interview method with private Islamic school teachers. The feedback from the informants emphasizes that ta’awun (mutual cooperation) infused with spiritual value unites the teachers and the administrators with ukhuwwah (good bonding). The informants said that ta’awun with ukhuwwah will reduce job stress and increase the sharing of excessive workload. The informants hoped that their workload would be reduced if their schools provide teaching assistants to further enhance ta’awun with ukhuwwah.


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Author Biography

Yusof Ismail, International Islamic University Malaysia

Suhaimi Mhd Sarif has been a Lecturer in the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences at International Islamic University Malaysia since 2000. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012 and to Professor in 2021. He obtained his BBA from IIUM, MBA in Management from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Ph.D. in Commerce from Murdoch University, Australia. He teaches and researches into strategy, Islamic management, knowledge management, social entrepreneurship and business ethics. He is associated with the Islamic perspectives working committees with SIRIM, the national organisation for standards and quality in the Malaysian industry. Suhaimi is currently editor-in-chief of Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal (AEJ) (a SCOPUS-indexed journal), editor-in-chief IIUM Journal of Case Studies in Malaysia and Web Section Editor IIUM International Journal on Integration of Knowledge. He was associate editor of IIUM International Journal of Economics and Management Sciences (IJEMA) (a SCOPUS-indexed journal) and World Academy of Islamic Management (WAIM)’s Journal of Islamic Management Studies (JIMS). He is past President of the Academic Staff Association (ASA), IIUM.

Yusof Ismail has been a senior academic in the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences at International Islamic University Malaysia since 1986. He earned his accountancy diploma from MARA Institute of Technology, the predecessor of current UiTM, before working with Bank Negara Malaysia, the Malaysian Central Bank. He pursued his BS in Finance and MBA in Management and Marketing from business schools in the USA, and embarked on research into strategy in the UK. He teaches and researches into strategy, Islamic management, human resource management, and business ethics.  He has been associated with the Islamic perspectives of standards in the technical committee and working committees of SIRIM, the national organisation for standards and quality in the Malaysian industry. Yusof was a member of the editorial board of the first issue of the precursor of the current International Journal of Economics and Management Sciences (IJEMA), Currently, Yusof is a committee member of PESUAM, the retirees’ association of IIUM staff.


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How to Cite

Mhd Sarif, S., & Ismail, Y. (2022). Effect of Ta’awun (Mutual Cooperation) among Private School Teachers in Sustaining Sejahtera Occupational Safety and Health Environment: Kesan Ta’awun (Kerjasama Bersaling) kalangan Guru-guru Sekolah Swasta bagi Mengekalkan Persekitaran Sejahtera Keselamatan Pekerjaan dan Kesihatan. The Sultan Alauddin Sulaiman Shah Journal (JSASS), 9(2), 53-63. Retrieved from https://jsass.kuis.edu.my/index.php/jsass/article/view/217