Managers’ perception of the relationship between motivation and performance management at the ministry of agriculture in Nyandarua County
The primary purpose of the study was to find out managers’ perception of the relationship between motivation and performance management at the ministry of agriculture in Nyandarua County. The target population were middle level managers in the Ministry of Agriculture. Quantitative data collected using a questionnaire were analyzed by the use of descriptive statistics using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and presented through percentages, means, standard deviations and frequencies. The study found out that Managers’ perceive motivation as a critical factor in influencing performance management at the ministry of Agriculture in Nyandarua County. From the study findings it was established that managers’ perception of the relationship between motivation and performance management at the Ministry of Agriculture in Nyandarua County is affected amongst other factors, by employee performance, job satisfaction, salary incentive, working conditions, working relations, training policy objectives, technology, changing work environment and training programs. In assessing motivation and performance management the context within which the ministry of agriculture in Nyandarua County operates, choice of motivation can indeed seem like a search for a myriad forces pushing and pulling in the Ministry of Agriculture to change and little by way of established principles to determine what the choice should be. However, the choice of strategy is fundamental to the ministry for a number of reasons. The study recommends further research on governments need to develop effective motivation and performance management at the ministry by providing political and social economic changes in the efforts to give priority for the sector to be effective. There is need for initiatives to be taken for the ministry to create a sustained and stable motivation and performance management strategy and for regional demand to be able to adjust to foreign technologies needed in the ministry of Agriculture. The study therefore recommends further studies should be done for other ministries in other counties.