​MAY DAY celebration  and the Ghanaian attitude towards work.


Generally the Ghanaian worker has a poor attitude towards work. Yes, I said it. Whether we would want to admit this fact or not is irrelevant because it stares us in the face like the nose of our neighbor. I think one reason we keep talking about our not so good attitude towards work is because we are still in self-denial. We are constantly denying the truth about our own way of life. We must begin to examine ourselves and come to grasp with our negative sides in order to make amendments.
What H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo said during the May Day Celebration about the way we carry ourselves is the plain and honest truth. We wouldn’t make any meaningful advancement if we don’t change these cancerous attitude we portray at the workplace. 

However, the employee is the not the only culprit here. The employer is equally guilty when it comes to our poor attitude towards work. When employers fail to recognize the worth of their workforce and invest considerably in them what could be the outcome?

How do you expect to make profits and grow your enterprise when those involve in your wealth creation are relegated to the background or not given the attention they deserve? You can’t eat your cake and still have it or can you? 

In order to achieve workplace efficiency the employer and the employees must work as a team. They must have a symbiosis. The employer must outline his expectations to the employees and make sure whoever occupies a position has the require competency to do so. The employer must honor his/her engagement to the employees by providing them with the enabling environment for them to achieve the targeted goals.

The workplace ethics must clearly be defined. Anyone who takes up a position from the security officer to the highest ranking officer must know their limitations. They must follow their schedules assiduously and place their roles at the workplace above every other things.

Once all of the above is clearly established and defined it is the employer’s responsibility to do random check-ins in order to fish out any loopholes that may hinder the attainment of the enterprise’s vision and goals. 

You can expect to gain any meaningful outcome when there are no checks and balances at the workplace. Employees can just not be left to do as it suits them. They must be guided by rules and regulations of the workplace.

Whenever an employee fails to comply or does not meet his/her expectations at least consistently, it shouldn’t be farfetched for the employer to let such an employee go. Heads must roll when they must roll. When you keep defective machinery you should only expect an overall breakdown of your enterprise.

I think the President’s call for attitudinal change at the workplace is in the right direction but there must be a time when sounding the warning horn is followed by dismissal or the sack. 

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Why we are here: Leaving the Politicians Unchecked

To the overly religious Ghanaian, our fate as a people reside in the hands of God. This obviously is not a refutable fact. However, we are as good as we let our leaders make us to be. It is not without observation that politicians control the development and general well-being of their people.

Whether we would want to admit it or not, the truth of the matter is politicians have always had their ways with us, the people. And the seemingly lack of checks and balances on those who govern us is the reason we are where we are today.

In every democratic dispensation, the people are said to hold all the power. But look around you today, do you see such power in the ordinary people? Obviously we have managed to rewrite the tenets of democracy in our part of the world, reneging our constitutional rights to the elite, who obviously don’t care much about our plight.

When I hear politicians make utterances such as ‘the Volta region is the world bank of the National Democratic Congress” or the contrast of the latter ‘the Ashanti region is the world bank of the New Patriotic Party’ I just can’t help my anger. And then it got me thinking, are we here because as a people we have failed to keep those who govern us in checks?

I believe politicians have taken us for granted and this is so by our (the people) doing. If a particular region can be tagged as the ‘World Bank’ of a particular political party (which is not far from the truth), it goes a long way to show how we have failed ourselves as a people.

The people vote for a political candidate, regardless of what he/she is bringing to the table. You just have to belong to party A or B and you will automatically earn the calling in a particular region. It should therefore not be a surprise when the people seem to be where they have started from.

We can cry all we want, we can complain for all we have, if we continue to follow political parties like a religion what we have, what we have always had will be the same; underdevelopment, unemployment, lack of basic amenities and so forth and so on.

It is time for us to wake up and take back our constitutional rights, which is our power. Let’s begin to question politicians based on what they have given us and what they intend to give us. Let’s open our minds to different perspectives and opinions.

The people must sieve the politicians and their ideas and let through those who have the potential to transform their fate.

Enough of the religious voting, enough of being the ‘World bank’ of a political party while the people are wallowing in abject poverty. Enough is enough, let’s demand accountability in order to transform our lives.