Factors which influence employee performance in the manufacturing industry : A case study of Hima Cement Limited in Kasese District
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Every organization‟s ultimate goal is to achieve its strategic objectives. For most organizations, this includes profitability, market share, innovation, physical and financial resources, management performance and development, employee‟s performance and attitudes and social responsibility. Organization performance is an important building block of an organization that lays the foundation for high performance. This ensures that the organizations‟ goals are consistently being met in an effective and efficient manner. There are several factors that affect performance of an organization. These include, personal characteristics including prior experience, confidence, heredity, ability and personality, standards set by line managers, motivation to perform, frequency of evaluation, teamwork and product knowledge. In this study, factors affecting employee performance that were investigated were Learning and Development, Task performance, benefits, work environment, recognition and contextual performance. STATA and the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 21 was used to analyze data for descriptive and inferential statistics. Descriptive data was analyzed for percentages and frequencies, while inferential statistics was analyzed for correlations, regressions and cross tabulations. Findings from the study indicated Task performance as the most significant factor affecting employee performance (r=0.68, p<0.01) followed by Work environment, Contextual performance, Employee benefits and Learning and development which had correlation coefficients; 0.620, 0.61, 0.609, 0.496 respectively (p<0.01). Following the research findings, the researcher recommended that studies should be carried out to establish the benefits preferred most in organizations. Such studies would help organizations to design strategic benefit packages which are likely to improve employee performance.