Effect of Human Resource Management Practices on Employee Performance of Public Hospitals in Kajiado County, Kenya


  • Winfred Taiko KCA University
  • Dr. Asenath Onguso KCA University




Healthcare is one of the fastest growing sector and to offer quality care to patients, a large pool of well trained, dedicated and motivated medical professionals are required. Given the healthcare workforce-intensive nature, the human resource management practices come in handy to facilitate and support the recruitment, hiring, development of the employees, with the goal of raising levels of employee performance and satisfaction. This study sought to determine the effect of human resource management practices on employee performance of public hospitals in Kajiado County, Kenya. The specific objectives were to determine the effect career development, compensation, performance appraisals and recruitment on employee performance of public hospitals in Kajiado County, Kenya. The study was conducted in Kajiado County where the performance of public hospitals had been rated poor since devolving of healthcare services to the county governments. The study employed descriptive research design. Primary data was collected by means of a structured questionnaire. The study was conducted in the 5 public hospitals in Kajiado County (Kajiado County Referral Hospital, Ngong Sub County, Oloitoktok Sub County, Kitengela Sub County and Ongata Rongai Sub County). The unit of observation was the medical staff in each of the health cadres. The findings indicated that career development and employee performance in public hospitals in Kajiado County, Kenya is positively and significantly related. Compensation and employee performance in public hospitals in Kajiado County, Kenya is positively and significantly related. Performance appraisals and employee performance in public hospitals in Kajiado County, Kenya was positively and significantly related. Recruitment and employee performance in public hospitals in Kajiado County, Kenya is positively and significantly related. The study recommends the management of public hospitals should consider organizing for trainings and seminars for the employees as this will help to increase employee skills, loyalty and competence making them more willing to work harder for the success of the public hospitals.

Keywords: Career development, compensation, performance appraisals, recruitment & employee performance

Author Biographies

Winfred Taiko , KCA University

Postgraduate student, KCA University

Dr. Asenath Onguso, KCA University

Lecturer, KCA University


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How to Cite

Taiko, W., & Onguso, A. (2022). Effect of Human Resource Management Practices on Employee Performance of Public Hospitals in Kajiado County, Kenya. Journal of Human Resource & Leadership, 6(3), 21–36. https://doi.org/10.53819/81018102t2085