Perceived relationship between training and employee performance at the Nairobi city county government, Kenya
The main purpose of the study was to establish the perceived relationship between training and employee performance at the Nairobi City County Government, Kenya. The study sought to address the relationship between training and employee performance and integrate it to the overall strategic and operational framework of the organization. The study used a descriptive research design to investigate the perceived relationship between training and employee performance at the Nairobi City County Government, Kenya to carry out the study in response to the research objective. The target population of this study was the employees of the Nairobi City County Government. The target population was stratified into the 3 management levels: senior, middle, lower and general employees. The total number of the respondents was 1283; therefore the study employed Yamane (1967) formula for calculating sample size for small populations (< 10,000). The sample size of the study comprised 93 respondents. Data was collected through questionnaires administered to the employees working at the Nairobi City County Government. The research was quantitative in nature. Descriptive statistics technique was used to analyze the findings from the questionnaires. The descriptive statistics including measure of central tendency-mean scores; percentages, measure of variability- standard deviation and measure of relative frequencies were used to show the perceived relationship between training and employee performance. The results were presented in tables of frequency and percentage, charts and graphs. Inferential statistics made use of correlation coefficient to establish the perceived relationship between training and employee performance at the Nairobi City County Government, Kenya. The study findings establishes that employees who are committed in their jobs, profession and careers want to know more about their company and industry and to learning those skills that will improve their performance. Training is important for the survival of any organization. There was a positive relationship between training and employee performance. Training generates benefits for the employee knowledge, skills, ability, competencies and behavior. The study recommends that individuals in an organization should be proactive and should seek to be more creative and innovative to contribute their quota through their profession and skill. Employers of labor and decision makers should endeavor to create enabling training environment and favorable training policies that will give every worker opportunity to attend training. Management should also take into consideration the training need of each worker and act as appropriate. Employee training should be done to upgrade the staff knowledge and skills constantly to enable them remain productive in the organization.
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