The Contribution of Performance Appraisal Process to Staff Performance in Local Governments in Uganda.The case of Manafwa district
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The purpose of the study was to investigate the contribution of the performance appraisal process to staff performance in Local Governments in Uganda, the case of Manafwa District. The study had three basic objectives; To establish how the performance appraisal system and process adopted by Manafwa district and its impacts on staff performance, to find out the impact of performance based pay on staff performance in Manafwa District, to assess the impact of performance based training on staff performance. This research adopted a descriptive research design where the population of interest in the selected departments was visited. Six hundred seventy respondents were selected out of a population of 2200 possible respondents using purposive and stratified random sampling. The study used a questionnaire and interview schedule as primary data collection instruments supplemented by documentary review. Descriptive statistics and content analysis were used to analyze quantitative and qualitative data respectively. The research revealed that, performance appraisal process, performance based pay and employee training had a positive effect on employee performance in Manafwa District. It was concluded that Performance Appraisal can be used as an effective management tool to positively influence staff performance in Local Governments in Uganda. The study recommends that; Manafwa should take initiative to give proper training to all its’ staff in order to improve performance in all departments. Also to improve efficiency, Manafwa should adopt the system of performance based pay on all its’ employees. In addition, Manafwa should adopt Management by Objectives in order to improve performance of its staff.