The effects of organizationaal socialization on employee performance in the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development-Kenya
The purpose of this study was to establish the effects of organizational socialization and employee performance in the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development. This study adopted a descriptive survey research design. The target population for this study consisted of the employees in the Ministry where the sampling frame was drawn from the Ministry employees within Nairobi Province in job groups' A' to 'K' which totals three hundred and seventy four. Stratified random sampling technique was used to sample out 75 employees from the population with departments composing the strata. The study used both the primary and secondary data. Primary data was collected using a semi-structured questionnaires which were administered to the respondents on a drop and pick criteria, while secondary data was in form of literature review sourced from books, relevant journals, articles and magazines. Collected data was both quantitative and qualitative in nature. Quantitative data was analyzed using a statistical package. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics such as the frequencies, mean and the standard deviations and presented in graphs and charts. The study revealed that, Most employees in the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development were not introduced during their first few days of their appointment. This affects their productivity since such introduction would have indicated a learning process through which a new organizational employee adapts from outsider to integrated and effective insider. Organizational socialization is, however, needed for better understanding of the job tasks, responsibilities and work standards by the employees. Socialization programmes should be a well elaborate programme in all public institutions including government ministries. This would ensure that, newcomers in the organizations do not only get clearly defined job tasks and responsibilities but also gain psycho-social acceptance within their working environment. To achieve successful socialization, a systematic plan should be followed. This is to enable records to be kept and thus ensure that information is not missed out. Although socialization is of vital importance to new employees, anyone who is promoted or transferred from one job to another should also be socialized.