William Baah Boateng, a professor of Economics at the University of Ghana, has blamed poor working conditions in Ghana for the low output of workers.
Contributing to the debate on the report which sought to rate Ghanaians abroad as more efficient than indigenous ones, he explained that work conditions in the country are not rewarding enough to motivate people to give off their best.
He also cited weak supervision in most work spaces as one of the reasons for the low productivity of most Ghanaians.
“What is the system of supervision? If the supervision is not good, you will not get people to comply and also we are not rewarded when we do well and is part of the reason responsibility and productivity go down,” he said.
Ghanaians in the US have been recognised as the most hardworking immigrant group in a report analysing work and job skills among immigrant groups in the United States.
African countries that made it to the top 11 include Kenya (3rd), Ethiopia (4th), Nigeria (8th) and Liberia (9th) respectively.
Although it noted that Africans were generally more hardworking and skilled than immigrants from other parts of the world, immigrants from countries such as Bulgaria and Guatemala were among the most hardworking people in the US.
The report was produced by Bloomberg’s Justin Fox, a famed American financial journalist from the 2016 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 2016, to counter White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s comments that most undocumented immigrants are not easily able to assimilate into the United States, into its “modern society.”