REWARDS AND THEIR EFFECT ON EMPLOYEE MOTIVATION AT CURE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, MBALE UGANDA
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The study investigated the effect of rewards on employee motivation at CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda. Specifically, it investigated the effect of rewards on employee motivation and also determined the effect of other factors on motivation at CURE Children’s Hospital. The study specifically aimed at achieving the following objectives; to establish the effect of financial rewards on employee motivation, to establish the effect of non financial rewards on employee motivation and to identify other factors that affect employee motivation at CHU.A case study design was used and two tools of data collection were adopted; a structured questionnaire and key informant interview guide administered to the general staff and senior management respectively. The findings revealed that there was no effect caused by financial rewards on motivation and this was found to be significant at 4%. A regression analysis revealed that non financial rewards had 9% significant effect on employee motivation that was not very significant therefore, suggesting that other factors affected employee motivation that was revealed at 22%. It was concluded that other factors, like performance appraisal and job security are a vital part in the operations of any organization and though the effect is weak, it is very significant. The study revealed that the effect of other factors in CHU do not necessarily translate into motivating factors, however, where they do, they become a beacon of job security and make the employees more committed either in continuance or normatively. Employees who psychologically embrace other factors will also develop some kind of commitment to their jobs. It is recommended that rewards be revised and given more credit to have the desired effect on employee motivation. For any organization including CHU to accomplish its objectives it has to look into motivating its workforce appropriately.