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Article Published In Vol.5 (Nov-Dec-2017)

Influence of Diversity Reward on Employee Commitment in the Banking Sector in Kenya

Pages : 1342-1350

Author : Eshiteti Stephen Nyikuli, Dr. Clive Malietso Mukanzi and Dr. Thomas Anyanje Senaji

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Despite the decades of equality legislation and declared commitment to equal opportunities in employment and remuneration, commercial banks in Kenya still have great disparities in the way that they reward their diverse workforce. This study purposed to determine the influence of diversity reward on employee commitment in the banking sector in Kenya. Specific objectives included; to determine the influence of intrinsic and extrinsic rewards on employee commitment. The study used a descriptive survey with a sample size of 384 respondents drawn from a target population of 36,212 employees comprised of top, supervisory, clerical and secretarial staff. The sample was obtained using stratified and simple random sampling techniques. From each stratum, a proportionate allocation was used to select a representative sample and data collected by questionnaires. The obtained data was analysed using descriptive, correlation and multiple linear regression analyses. Findings of the study indicated that commercial banks in Kenya provide both intrinsic and extrinsic rewards to all employees irrespective of their background and that these rewards had a significant influence on employee commitment. Nonetheless, extrinsic rewards were found to have a greater influence on employee commitment than that of intrinsic rewards. However, the study suggested that there is need for more research that would look at the influence of diversity rewards on other HR outcomes such as staff retention or job satisfaction or still on organizational commitment in other sectors in Kenya other than the banking sector.

Keywords: Diversity reward and employee commitment



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