Perceived relationship between training and development and employee performance in geothermal development company (GDC)
Training and development has become one dynamic aspect of human resource management. Organisations are forced to keep up with new trends in the global market. The business world today is changing day in day out with changes ranging from economic to technological. Therefore organisations are forced to train their employees continuously to ensure they have the right skills in running business. Any organisation that does not invest in training is bound to fail. It is therefore important for organisations to ensure the right training and development practices are used in training employees. If practices are not well chosen and well conducted the whole process will be considered useless. This research investigated the relationship between managers training and development and employee performance in GDC. The objective of the study was to find out the relationship between training and development and employee performance in Geothermal Development Company. This study adopted a descriptive survey design in the investigation of the objectives. Stratified sampling technique was used to select the sample after which stratified random sampling was used to select 80 respondents from the organization. The study used both primary and secondary data. The data collected was analyzed using mean, standard deviation and regression analysis. The key findings of the study were that Geothermal Development Company Employees are aware of the existence of a training and development policy in the organization and were of the view that upon the completion of their training, they share what they have learned with other employees. However, the staff did not agree with the training evaluation as the result indicates that the respondents disagree that training evaluation is accorded high priority in the organization. The implication of the study was that training and development is important in influencing employee performance. Organizations should pay attention to this and include staff training and development as one of the strategies in ensuring achievement of employee performance. The study recommends that organizations should be aware that training and development is important and implement it. The study also recommends that organizations should use the various types of training and development methods and techniques inorder to increase employee performance and in return increase organizational performance. It can be concluded that by encouraging self development, may help employees perform better in their jobs. Further to this it is recommended that managers within organizations involve training evaluation more in order to measure employee performance and the value of trainings attended. Organizations also need to formulate ways of sensitizing employees on the existence of training and development policies.