She stole from me to buy a phone for her boyfriend – Businessman laments Ghanaian employee dishonesty
A major challenge that successive governments in Ghana have faced over the years is creating jobs for the tens of thousands of unemployed people.
Tackle the growing unemployment rate in the country, individuals are setting up businesses to absorb a percentage of the overwhelming number.
However, some business owners have lamented the dishonest and unscrupulous work ethic of their employees.
speaking on Luv in the morning on Luv FMeconomist and businessman, Evans Nunoo has revealed that his trusted employee misappropriated funds from her company’s coffers to pay for her boyfriend’s expenses.
After trying to get the employee to tell the truth, the petroleum product distributor said the lady denied the allegations of embezzlement. However, it was eventually discovered that the employee had used some of the stolen money to buy a phone for her boyfriend.
“In my first experience I employed this lady for my business thinking that as a woman she will be lenient and not be a fraud. But unfortunately she stole huge sums of money from me .When I called her asking for answers she told me it was her family gods who stole the money.Later I inquired with her friends and I was told said she was actually spending that money on a guy. And, at the time, the phone that I had trouble buying was the phone that the guy was using,” he told the host of the show, David Akuetteh.
This is just one of many complaints from private entrepreneurs as to why they refuse to entrust Ghanaians, including their relatives, with their hard-earned business establishments.
Mr Evans Nunoo also referred to the fact that a close relative who took over the business also destroyed it.
“I recruited a brother to take care of the work and it was the same. In fact, he was involved in organized crime. Because of his position in the company, he was able to get key employees to collude and steal to such an extent that one of his guys, I was told, had two taxis in less than one year,” he said.
What could be done to reinforce the honest work ethic?
Some Ghanaian business owners, however, have suggested that improving salaries could put an end to unruly employee behavior, instead of employing expatriates for their businesses.
Mckweon Group Chief Executive Kwaku Adu-Aninkorah attributed many employees’ propensity to steal to the country’s high cost of living.
He advised employers to provide decent wages to their workers to protect them from the dire economic situation.
The business tycoon believes that better working conditions would force employees to devote themselves to their employers for productivity.
“Improving their salaries will not completely eliminate this problem, but at least it will reduce it. Consider the current rate of inflation in Ghana. The rate at which the prices of goods increase. If the person takes GHC200 as salary, what would you expect? The person will definitely find a way to fill the void as transport fares and food prices have increased. We can recruit locals who, when paid well, can do magic for you rather than recruiting foreigners,” he said.
Mr. Adu-Aninkorah suggested setting aside a day to commemorate a “National Integrity Day” to instill in the younger generation the virtue of honesty.
He said everyone has a role to play in eradicating the threat.
“Families, churches, media and politicians have a role to play. We must teach our children integrity to aspire to do the right thing. It is important that we discuss this issue of dishonesty in the workplace at the national level and on all the platforms that it is necessary for us to go beyond the rhetoric. It seems that preaching in church is not doing the trick because the pastor giving the sermon is doing otherwise. We have to start from the base,” he noted.