The Relationship Between Employee Training And Organizational Commitment In The Ministry Of Energy And Petroleum, Kenya
Employees constitute an important segment of organization’s stakeholders and their commitment is vitally important in ensuring stability and effectiveness of organizations. Due to changes in the human resource area witnessed in the 21st century, the expectations of employers from their employees has been changing as well, predominantly with investigative studies showing that these expectations are becoming complex with time. This study sought to examine the relationship between the training of employees and the commitment to the organization in the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Kenya. The study adopted a descriptive survey design and a sample size of 154 employees selected using stratified random sampling technique. Primary data was collected using a self-administered closed ended type of questionnaires. The data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics and the Karl Pearson’s coefficient of correlation. The findings established that training had played key role in employee personal development, improved their production, skill and knowledge and enhanced their relationship with employees at the ministry. The findings on organizational commitment found that employees at the ministry exhibited three forms of commitment namely affective, normative, and continuance commitment. The result of correlation analysis found that employee training and commitment of the organization correlate positively at the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum. The study concludes that employee training has a direct impact on organizational commitment. The study recommends that the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum in Kenya should initiate frequent training and development programs to ensure their employees remain committed to the organization.
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