With the majority of Ghana’s workforce especially those the private sector suffering job insecurity, HR practitioners have been challenged to cultivate optimism and good communication skills when business experience tough and turbulent times. 

Addressing HR professionals at the 2019 Ghana HR Summit, International Conference Speaker, Facilitator and Author Siphiwe Moyo, warned that a tense working environment breeds depression and low productivity.

“We are in changing times. And in turbulent or tough times, many of us (HR Professionals) adopt strict modes of communication. Even though this is crucial, we risk building a working environment of tension and depression. This does not foster work productivity”, he said.

Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffuor Awuah urged HR practitioners to instil employable skills on workers so they remain relevant in the work environment. 

According to the minister, “with the growing number of unemployment in Ghana, it is our task to ensure that an enabling environment is created for businesses to thrive and young ones given employable skills. To this end, this is where you come in as HR professionals”.

Taking his turn on the topic; “Connectivity in the Human Age”, Business Development Leader (SSA), Mercer – Deon de Swardt, called on HR practitioners to adopt new trends in the world of work. He argued that “flexible work terms and the pool of the freelance economy are affordable and reasonable ways of making the working environment so engaging and highly productive.”

The two-day conference is themed – Building an agile workforce

The World Bank in its current report on jobs in Ghana disclosed that about 48 per cent of the youth in the country, who are between 15 – 24 years do not have jobs. The report further questioned the country’s preparedness in dealing with the youth bulge in the coming decades. 

The causal link between unemployment and crime has been highlighted by many criminologists, even though some believe it’s a thin line.

Unemployment causes poverty, and that destitution creates insecurity. In a nation where many people are unemployed and there’s no strong and organized social welfare system, poverty is prevalent.

Poverty, in turn, drives some people to channel their energies into committing crimes as a means of livelihood and as they do this, they endanger lives and property in the society and raise the cost of governance.

The recent recruitment by the Ghana Immigration Service where over 15,000 people turned up to be screened for only 500 spots is indicative of the rate of unemployment in the country. This increases year on year because only about 10% of graduates who enter the job market each year can secure jobs in the first year after graduation.