The effect of training and development on employees’ performance; at Safaricom limited call center
In the field of human resource management, training and development is the field concerned with organizational activity aimed at improving the performance of individuals and groups in an organizational setting. It has been known by several names, including employee development, human resource development, and learning and development. This study aimed at examining the effect of training and development on employee performance with a case study of Safaricom Call Center. Literature review, based on other scholars contribution to the subject, discussed overview of training, methods of training, benefits of training, employee performance, evaluation of training, relationship between training and development and employee performance which led to gap analysis as a conclusion of the chapter. The study adopted a case study approach where data was collected across a population through sampling of 340 employees at the Call Center which forms the Customer Care Division of Safaricom. The sample included managers, support/analyst and customer experience executives. Primary data was collected by use of both structured and unstructured questions across the strata and secondary data was gathered from various sources such as the Safaricom Strategic Plan 2012, Employee Booklet and Call Center Performance Reports. Responses were analyzed using both descriptive and graphical techniques. It was observed that training and development has a positive impact on both motivations of employees as well as performance. This contributed by the variant, relevant and high quality training. The study concluded that there is need for continuous training and development taking into consideration the competition, market dynamics, customer satisfaction, and net promoter score among others. The study recommends that training needs at Safaricom should be considered on the basis of overall company objectives. In addition, the goals of the company should determine what training programs are to be organized for staff.