Challenges Facing Hr Managers in Kenya

2165 Words Feb 7th, 2011 9 Pages
ESTHER WANGA (MBA STUDENT)

254-723864832

NAIROBI, KENYA

Question: Using Human Resource functions as reference, discuss the challenges facing Kenyan managers in the process of employees’ procurement, development and motivation. (20 Marks)

Human resource management is a term used to describe formal systems devised for the management of people within an organization. Armstrong, M (2006). This is a vital and significant department in an organization for it is mandated with the responsibility of; recruiting and selection of employees, training and development, dealing with employee and labor relations, appraising the performance of employees, developing policies, administration and records among others. In this paper we shall focus on the
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Well, neither does bathing-that is why we recommend it daily.” We totally agree with what this author said. Motivation is a major function that a Human Resource manager is faced with on a daily basis. He or she is faced with the challenge of giving employees a reason to act. This ranges from improving working conditions to providing material gain. The challenges faced are as immense as the task itself.

Budget and financial limitation is a headache to Human Resource managers. This is because they do not have the autonomy to procure equipment needed to improve facilities. The equipment approved and procured by the organization may be inadequate or of poor quality. This may lead to poor working conditions which may in turn lead to staff demoralization and consequently drop in output. The top managers may decide to reduce the wages of the employees or to downsize them if the output is not profitable.

Understaffing is a problem experienced by many organizations. Overworking the few employees by making them work overtime without pay and stay for long hours on the job may lead to burn out. This impacts the Human Resource manager negatively for he/she has to overstretch his/her creativity to come up with ways of boosting the morale of the overworked employees.

Trade disputes are a nightmare dreaded by almost every organization. Dissatisfied employees may turn to the human rights commission to seek justice for disability, sexual harassment and other employment related issues.
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