Include employees in the creation of workplace regulations – Torkornoo, candidate for chief justice


Justice Gertrude Esaaba Sackey Torkornoo, a candidate for chief justice, has urged business organizations to include workers in the creation of rules governing the workplace.

She claimed that encouraging voluntary compliance at work will encourage staff to contribute to increased productivity.

Yesterday in Accra, she gave a paper at a public lecture in advance of this year’s International Labor Day.

“The easier it is for peer-to-peer reminders of best practices to be disseminated, the more stakeholders there are to own the regulation, leading to strong organizational cultures built on the accepted regulation.

In light of the foregoing, Justice Torkornoo stated, “This paper suggests that workplaces make an effort to produce clear records of how stakeholders expect the workplace to be regulated for maximum productivity, and that these clear regulatory lines should be created from consensus by as many stakeholders as possible.”


The goal of the lecture, which was the sixth in a series being put on by the Institute of Work, Employment and Society at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), was to honor the dedication of workers to advancing their country and to consider the ethical dimensions of their responsibilities.

It was sponsored by AngloGold Ashanti and Citi TV and covered the subject of “Harnessing Good Work Ethics for Higher Productivity”.

Numerous dignitaries, including representatives of labor unions, academics, justices of the Superior Courts, and media professionals, attended.

Justice Torkornoo, who is also an author, emphasized the need of including all stakeholders in the creation of rules by saying:

“A culture of order, predictability, and harmony among varied individuals is produced when regulation is made up of rules that stakeholders are aware of and contribute to creating.

To develop greater standards of behaviour, she remarked, “this culture can be carefully calibrated and guided through the upgrading of law and regulation.”


Beyond workplace regulations, the Chief Justice nominee claimed that a lack of signposts, goal posts, and success indicators as well as a steady flow of information explaining why things were the way they were might have a substantial impact on workplace effectiveness.

She asserted that effective communication will foster greater understanding and, hence, cooperation and collaboration at work.

Because any chain is only as strong as its weakest link, she continued, “Transparency, clarity, and continuity of engagement and collaborations are always critical ethical values that must be harnessed to ensure productivity.”


The former Chair of the E-Justice Oversight Committee touched on a different way to harness high work ethics for productivity and suggested using technology in the workplace.

However, she advised users to consider technology’s effectiveness, sustainability, and usability.

The multifaceted techniques required for success in any endeavor in life will always be necessary in order to harness solid work ethics for increased productivity.

“Vision, mission statements, and goals by themselves are not sufficient,” Justice Torkornoo continued. “Stronger tools such as clear communication, a culture of accepted regulation, and efficient use of technology can be engaged to assist in this journey.”


The speech, according to UPSA Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor John Kwaku Mensah Mawutor, was a demonstration of the university’s dedication to intellectual conversation and academic excellence.

He applauded the efforts of the nation’s and the university’s employees for devoting their knowledge and abilities to the benefit, development, and advancement of the nation.


Some of the unfavorable views displayed by professionals, according to Dr. Kwabena Nyarko Otoo, Director of the Labour Research and Policy Institute of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), are a result of higher institutions.

Therefore, he urged academic institutions to aid in the eradication of the problem, noting that “if the attitude is right, we can increase our revenue, and government will be able to find the money to pay workers and pay them more” if “we can increase our revenue”.


Dr. Yvonne Ayerki Lamptey, director of human resources at the University of Ghana, emphasized the need for developing ethical standards for all types of employment in order to increase efficiency.

As we commemorate the day, she urged us to examine our moral principles and consider how we might strengthen them to better reflect contemporary culture.

George Sarpong, the Executive Secretary of the National Media agency, informed the university that the agency will support it in spreading moral behavior in the workplace in order to boost output.

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