What is the definition of time ? According to the Merriam Webster dictionary time is defined as the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues : DURATION or b: a non spatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future. Time is very important in the work force of any country especially under develop country like Liberia.
According to the Journal of the American medical association lost productive time in the American work force due to Common pain conditions appear to have an adverse effect on work, but no comprehensive estimates exist on the amount of productive time lost in the US workforce due to pain. A survey conducted by the Journal of the American medical association using data from the American productivity audit.
A telephone survey that uses the work and health interview of working adults between August 1,2001 to July 30,2002 with random sample of 28,902 working adults in the United States. The outcome of the survey indicates lost productive time due to common pain conditions (arthritis, back, headache, and other musculoskeletal) expressed in hours per worker per week and calculated in US dollars. "Results Thirteen percent of the total workforce experienced a loss in productive time during a 2-week period due to a common pain condition. Headache was the most common (5.4%) pain condition resulting in lost productive time. It was followed by back pain (3.2%), arthritis pain (2.0%), and other musculoskeletal pain (2.0%). Workers who experienced lost productive time from a pain condition lost a mean (SE) of 4.6 (0.09) h/wk. Workers who had a headache had a mean (SE) loss in productive time of 3.5 (0.1) h/wk. Workers who reported arthritis or back pain had mean (SE) lost productive times of 5.2 (0.25) h/wk. Other common pain conditions resulted in a mean (SE) loss in productive time of 5.5 (0.22) h/wk. Lost productive time from common pain conditions among active workers costs an estimated $61.2 billion per year. The majority (76.6%) of the lost productive time was explained by reduced performance while at work and not work absence."
The survey concluded Pain is an inordinately common and disabling condition in the US workforce. Most of the pain-related lost productive time occurs while employees are at work and is in the form of reduced performance. But this is not in the case of my dear country mama Liberia work force. Time in Liberia work force is not wasteful due to common pain conditions such as headache, back pain ,arthritis or musculoskeletal pain. Time in Liberia work force is wasteful and unproductive due to frequent travel by Liberian government officials to the United States and other countries around the world on social activities rather than government functions. In less than one week I have seen about six high ranking government officials including ministers and deputies ministers masquerading in Minnesota the United States rather than working in Liberia.
Some of them spend up to two months of unproductive time in the United States and still get pay by tax payers. I am not excluding Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, she is traveling all around the world and uses a lot of wasteful and unproductive time. Yielding no result for the Liberian people and been paid by tax payers. I marvel if developed country like the United States lost productive time from common pain conditions among active workers can costs an estimated $61.2 billion per year. What will it cost Liberia in term of lost productive time?
A country where six high ranking ministers and deputies can leave the country the same time. The Last time I read one of Liberia daily newspapers Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was quoted as saying she will not allow the frequent travel of government officials out of Liberia until they can meet their one year achievements goal.
The author of this article Dashward A. Wumah live in Minnesota, United States. Can be contacted at
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