Academic journal article Ife Psychologia

The Impact of Workers Training on the Organizational Performance of the Staff of the Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Port Harcourt

Academic journal article Ife Psychologia

The Impact of Workers Training on the Organizational Performance of the Staff of the Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Port Harcourt

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Introduction

Generally speaking, employers in the public sector and especially in the Federal Ministry of Labour and productivity and their Trade Union seldom organize training programmes on performance improvement, labour issues and employment regulations for their staff. This situation has resulted in avoidable industrial conflicts in work places, and quite often has prolonged the resolution of such conflicts. These conflicts are often organized and sometimes unorganized. But, in all, they generally adversely affect the performance of those organizations. The Management as well as the staff of the ministry need to know their duties, rights and limits under the law and avenues open to them to resolve labour related disagreement so as to restore the highly needed industrial peace and harmony. Also, the rapid changes in organizations and advancing in technology, among other things, require good dose of employee training necessary for the improvement of the performance of the employees on the one hand and the flourishing of the organization on the other.

Our concern for choosing the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity as the study area is that this organization has as one of its statutory functions as organizing series for training and education of both employers and employees in the private sector but hardly organizes training for its own staff. When it does, it is usually associated with huge financial involvement for both employees and the organization such that most times it does not worth the cost and time involved.

The Federal Ministry of Labour and productivity like any other Ministry adopted the recommendation of the 1988 and 1998 civil service reforms which stipulated that ten percent (10%) of total annual personnel emoluments be set aside for staff training and development, aside from on - the - job training. The Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity cannot organize staff training on its own. Staff trainings are authorized, designed and carried out with funds routed through the head office which hardly happens. However, there are selected few officers that are sponsored for training based on their connection to some powerful and influential individuals at the head office. This situation has caused officers to be promoted with high level of incompetence, thereby creating a culture of real selfishness, low level of trust, job insecurity, unwillingness to cooperate, resistance to authority, defensive communication, and the worst form of workplace absenteeism and lateness to work.

Statement of Problem

In today's ever-challenging and highly competitive corporate world, improved performance is a required and non-negotiable condition for meeting organizational set goals whether in a private company or in public organization. Thus, in an era when human capital has been voted as the most important production asset, organizations are not sparing any effort in making sure that they constantly look for new ideas to hire, train and retain their employees on a sustainable basis to guarantee the achievement of s et goals .

Employee training, according to Uzoamaka (2018), training a systematic process which help people learn how to be more effective at work by modifying knowledge, skills or attitudes through learning experience to achieve effective performance. Training, therefore, is an investment in human capital which provides employees with unique knowledge, skills and abilities that add value to the firm, and enable the performance of activities required to achieve organizational goals. Hence, because of the emphasis placed on employee training. Arugu (2013) averred that employees are the most valuable assets of every company. In other words the development or destruction of any company depends on its employees, thus employees, performance, commitment and loyalty play a very important role in boosting the reputation of an organization. …

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