Lynet Okiko

Adventist University of the Philippines

Abstract

Employee retention is a challenge for organizations and learning institutions.  An employee who has worked for the organization and has gained experience is an intellectual asset to the organization that should be maintained in order to gain from the knowledge and experience that the employee has attained while working in the organization.  Over the past years the Adventist University of Central Africa (AUCA) has experienced the leaving of most valuable employees in terms of knowledge, skills, abilities and experience. The researcher was inspired to explore the reasons with the focus on training and development, performance appraisal, and their influence on employee retention in the university.  The study therefore investigated the perception of the respondents on employee training and development and performance appraisal and how they influence employee retention in AUCA.  A total of 92 employees were selected as respondents using simple random sampling technique.  Frequencies and percentages were used to measure the demographic profile; means and standard deviation were used to analyze the respondents’ responses on training and development, performance appraisal and employee retention, while the Pearson correlation was used to measure the relationship among the variables. It was found out that training and development and performance appraisal influence the employees’ to leave and further affect the employee retention in the university.  This also showed that there is a relationship between Training and Development, Performance Appraisal and Employee Retention in AUCA.  This research recommends that the university administration and through the human resource manager should uphold performance appraisal and training and development among the employee with these practices being objective rather than subjective to facilitate employee retention.  It is further recommended that further studies be conducted on evaluation of the policies on training and development and performance appraisal.

Keywords:  training and development, performance appraisal, employee retention