The Impact Of Reward And Compensation System On The Productivity Of Employees In An Organisation

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The Impact Of Reward And Compensation System On The Productivity Of Employees In An Organisation


Abstract


This study is on impact of reward and compensation system on the productivity of employee in organization. The total population for the study is 200 staff of skye bank, Victoria Island, Lagos state. The researcher used questionnaires as the instrument for the data collection. Descriptive Survey research design was adopted for this study. A total of 133 respondents made human resource managers, accountant, customer care officers and marketers were used for the study. The data collected were presented in tables and analyzed using simple percentages and frequencies


Chapter One


Introduction

1.1 Background of the Study

Organizations are established with primary aim of making profit and a secondary aim of effective utilization of available human and non-human resources. Among these resources is human, which is commonly seen as the most valuable asset an organization could use to earn competitive advantage and achieve its objective, hence the need for human resources management to ensure optimum productivity and organizational continuous existence.

Human resource has been tagged the most valued asset of any organization. Its strategic approach emphasized a “tight fit” between individual needs, rights, ambitions, and goals within the organization which make compensation system central in the affairs of emerging students, scholars and HRM practitioners in the world over. The emergence of human resource management posed great threat to the conventional personnel management and industrial relation because it evolved from the core approach or organization relationship. It is an asset that should be invested upon so as to provide long-term commitment and high performance in an organization. As organizations strive to achieve one or more objectives through exhaustive utilization of human capital, so also, the employees aim toward achieving individual purpose (objective) while working for the organization.

Reward system is the instrument used to increase employees’ productivity. It seeks to attract and retain suitable employees, encourages good management – employee relationship and commitment and minimizes tension and conflict as it deals with all forms of final returns, tangible service and mechanism for good relationship. Furthermore, the major case of industrial conflict is based on the fact that employees feel their benefit are denied or about to be denied thus the importance of compensation system is to provide a good platform for equity and farness. This provides a challenging environment and increase productivity of employees. The compensation system ensures that both intrinsic and extrinsic needs of employee at all levels are adequately provided for compensation develops organizational integrity, policy, procedures and practices capable of improving organizational productivity. Reward and compensation is concerned with employees and organization performance development through which better result can be achieved by understanding and managing reward and compensation within an agreed framework, planned goals, and standard and competency requirements.

However, the success of the industry rests so much on its human resources capability, which is the most valuable asset of any sources capability, which is the most valuable asset of any organization. The challenging tasks of every manager at all level are how to build a befitting reward and compensation system to incorporate both organizational goals and individual needs, thus, have a motivated workforce and improve productivity. Therefore, this research work seeks to look into reward and compensation system and its implication on workers’ efficiency in the financial industry (Skye Bank Plc as case study). The industry has proved to be one of the most valuable in Nigerian economy and the productivity of the industry cannot be refrained from as well as its rewards and compensation structure, directly or indirectly.

This study examines the impact of reward and compensation system on organizational productivity, the base of good reward and compensation structure, employees’ expectation at different levels and how the compensation structure is based on performance of individual(s) or job requirement of employees. The researcher therefore tends to draw attention of management of organization to the need for effective and efficient reward and compensation system capable of improving employees’ performance and enhance organizational productivity.


1.2 Statement of the Problem

Some organizations over the years see employee as additional cost as well as liability to their operations, hence do not remunerate them appropriately, and where it is more appropriate, the compensation is not commensurate with the efforts and skills that workers put into the organization’s activities, instead of paying attention on how employees will be compensated appropriately, some organizations concentrate more on other resource, such as materials, machines and money. The effort is more on how to improve the production process with little or no consideration for human efforts.

This had led to the inability of such organizations to attain their set objective, organization success relies heavy on how much attention pay to its employees’ reward policies. It is in view of this that the study seeks to know how reward and compensation system in organization affect the performance of employees as well as that of the organization in general.


1.3 Objectives of the Study

The major objective of this study is to examine and assess the impact (if any) of reward and compensation system on the productivity of employee in an organization. The specific objectives therefore, are to;

  1. Draw the attention of management to prompt, timely and adequate compensation of employee.
  2. Analyze the available reward package and how it affects employees and organizational performance.
  3. Ascertain the need for management to create conducive working environment by providing both physical and psychological incentives to make employees more committed to organizational goals.
  4. Encourage a good reward and compensation policy which should be channeled toward increasing organizational productivity.

1.4 Research Hypotheses

For the successful completion of the study, the following research hypotheses were formulated by the researcher;

  1. H0: there are no benefits of prompt compensation to employees in the organization
    H1: there are benefits of prompt compensation to employees in the organization
  2. H02: reward package do not affect the performance of an employee in an organization
    H2: reward package affect the performance of an employee in an organization

1.5 Significance of the Study

The importance of this study cannot be overemphasized due to the fact that, it holds a lot benefit to ensure continuous existence and survival of organizations, the study will be great benefit to manager or human resource department of organizations regarding the identification of effective reward and compensation, system, its cost and benefit on organizational operations, harmonizing employees and organizational interest to avoid sub-optimality etc.

In addition, the study clarifies the argument on weather effective reward and compensation system adds value to organizational activities, which will enable organizations take profitable side on whether to compensate employees or not.

Knowledge they say, is power this research work exposed the researcher to many practical issues on human resource, reward and compensation system and the respective relationship that exist between effective reward and compensation system, productivity customer patronage as well as organization productivity and profitability.


1.6 Scope and Limitation of the Study

This research work is undertaken to analyze the impact of reward and compensation system on the productivity of employees in an organization though employees reward and compensation system is just one of the various tools used to ensure effective human resource management, but the study strictly concerns itself with reward and compensation, its system and its impact in enhancing organizational productivity and profitability. In addition, the research work is carried out to study the impact of reward and compensation system on the productivity of employees in Skye Bank Plc. This therefore shows that the study neither cover every organization in the financial industries nor has it cover every branch of Skye Bank Plc ,but Skye Bank Head office, 3 Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. The researcher encounters some constrain which limited the scope of the study;

a) Availability of Research Material:

The research material available to the researcher is insufficient, thereby limiting the study

b) Time:

The time frame allocated to the study does not enhance wider coverage as the researcher has to combine other academic activities and examinations with the study.

c) Organizational Privacy:

Limited Access to the selected auditing firm makes it difficult to get all the necessary and required information concerning the activities


1.7 Definition of Terms

Compensation:

Compensation of all form of financial return, tangible services and benefit an employee receives as part of an employment relationship.

Industry:

This is the group of firm that engage in the production of similar product (i.e. goods / services)

Productivity:

Productivity is the output unit / per labour input into the production process given the level of existing technology.

Management:

This is the process of planning, organizing, staffing, leading, directing, coordinating and controlling available resources toward s achieving a target objective.

Reward:

This is the cor-faced of an employment relationship. Reward system consists of an organization’s integrated policies process and practices for rewarding its employees in accordance with their contribution skills competence and their market worth.

Remuneration:

This is the financial reward accruing to employee for his or her performance in the organization.

Motivation:

It is the inner drives that arouse direct and maintain an individual behavior toward accomplishing organization goals.

Research:

Is a way of arriving at a dependable solution to business and management problem through a systematic way of data collection, data analysis and data interpretation.

Pay Structure:

Is a framework for managing base pay progression over time for employee benefit.

Policy:

Is organizational guiding principles that regulate its operation and activities.

Job Analysis:

According to Raymond, et.al (2004) it is the process of getting detailed information about jobs.

Job Description:

Is the setting out of the purpose of job, where it is fit in the organization structure the content within which the job holder function and the principal accountability of job older. Main task the employee has to carry out.

Job Enlargement:

Is the act of combining previously fragment task into one job to add greater autonomy and responsibility to a job and is based on the job characteristic approach and maximizing the interest and challenges of work.

Job Evaluation:

Is a systematic process for establishing the relative worth of job within an organization.

Reward Strategy:

It is a definition of the intention of the organization on how its reward policies and process should be developed to meet business requirement.


1.8 Organization of the Study

This research work is organized in five chapters, for easy understanding, as follows

  • Chapter one is concern with the introduction, which consist of the (overview, of the study), historical background, statement of problem, objectives of the study, research hypotheses, significance of the study, scope and limitation of the study, definition of terms and historical background of the study.
  • Chapter two highlights the theoretical framework on which the study is based, thus the review of related literature.
  • Chapter three deals on the research design and methodology adopted in the study.
  • Chapter four concentrate on the data collection and analysis and presentation of finding.
  • Chapter five gives summary, conclusion, and recommendations made of the study

Chapter Five


Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation

5.1 Introduction

It is important to ascertain that the objective of this study was to ascertain impact of reward and compensation system on the productivity of employee in organization. In the preceding chapter, the relevant data collected for this study were presented, critically analyzed and appropriate interpretation given. In this chapter, certain recommendations made which in the opinion of the researcher will be of benefits in addressing the challenges of reward and compensation system on the productivity of employee in organization


5.2 Summary

This study was on impact of reward and compensation system on the productivity of employee in organization. Four objectives were raised which included: Draw the attention of management to prompt, timely and adequate compensation of employee, analyze the available reward package and how it affects employees and organizational performance, ascertain the need for management to create conducive working environment by providing both physical and psychological incentives to make employees more committed to organizational goals, encourage a good reward and compensation policy which should be channeled toward increasing organizational productivity. In line with these objectives, two research hypotheses were formulated and two null hypotheses were posited. The total population for the study is 200 staff of skye bank, Victoria Island, Lagos state. The researcher used questionnaires as the instrument for the data collection. Descriptive Survey research design was adopted for this study. A total of 133 respondents made human resource managers, accountant, customer care officers and marketers were used for the study. The data collected were presented in tables and analyzed using simple percentages and frequencies


5.3 Conclusion

The study concludes that, rewarding employees is critical not only to increase in the level of productivity but also leads to job satisfaction on the part of the employees. It also leads to leadership and business successes


5.4 Recommendation

It is therefore recommended that, both employers and leaders or local government to as a matter of urgency design appropriate employees rewarding systems and implement same in their various local governments in order to enhance productivity and achieve their desired goals


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