WE MUST ENDEAVOR TO STOP THE MISUSE OF OUR WORKING HOURS.
Since Ghana attained independence in 1957, succeeding leaders of the nation had cause to show concern about workers’ attitude towards work in their work places. All the governments are right because, being the largest employer of persons in the country every government recognizes that it is only good attitude to work that can lead to increase in productivity needed to boost our economy.
The governments have realized that a sizable number of workers in Ghana especially within government establishments do not follow the rules governing their employment with seriousness. While some of the workers report to work late others resort to absenteeism with the connivance of their administrators. Apart from malingering and absenteeism some of the current workers have introduced church service in their offices with some playing games on computers during working hours. The president of Ghana Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo had occasion to speak against these attitudes. Speaking during workers parade at this year’s May Day celebration at the Black Star Square, he charged the public sector workers to rise above the lackadaisical status quo if Ghana is to realize its potential for growth.
the President lamented that workers arrive at work late and then spend the first hour in prayer followed with becoming clock watchers and leave in the middle of critical work because it is the official closing time.
The Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG), has disputed the President’s comments that the Ghanaian workers have a poor attitude to work. The leaders agreed that although a few of the workers might be found wanting, all Ghanaian workers cannot be tagged with bad attitude towards work.
While I agree somehow with the leaders of CLOGSAG I suggest that they join hands with government to sanitize the civil service to deal with the few bad nuts to get rid of all activities that affect productivity.
Before the president came out openly to speak about workers’ attitude to work, some of us were aware about the holding of church services at work places especially in the ministries in Accra and other parts of the country. Am aware about some hospitals that are supposed to operate for 24hours also holding long prayer sessions. Am not against prayers per se but it must be organized long before the working periods. Apart from Christians Muslims do pray at work places but that should be done during break period in the afternoon. Apart from prayers that affect our working periods the excessive use of working hours to play games and chat on phones is not good. to find solution to the workers’ poor attitude to work there is the need to enforce electronic time keeping to check lateness at work places. Apart from this there is the need to conduct performance audit at all government establishments to determine whether all workers on government payroll are needed.
The audit is important because it would lead to government having data of all employees while at the same ensure the weeding off of all redundant workers an exercise likely to save for the nation millions of cedis annually.
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