Institutional Rewards and Employee Performance in Local Governments: A Case Study of Kisoro District Local Government , Uganda

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Kabale University


The study sought to assess the effect of institutional rewards on employee performance in Kisoro District. Institutional rewards are types of pay that contribute to the financial betterment of an employee while employee performance is measured by looking at the quality of work, punctuality and employees’ behaviours in an organization such as Kisoro District Local Government (KDLG). Institutional rewards were identified and operationalized through monetary and non-monetary rewards to employees and the general public. The study intended to establish the effect of monetary rewards on employee performance, promotion and recognition of employees and how these affect their performance. The study used a number of research methods such as interviews, questionnaires, documentary review and FGDs and research instruments such as interview checklist, questionnaires, documentary review checklist and FGD guide to collect data from a target population of 150 people and sample size of 108 people. Pearson correlation coefficient, descriptive statistics were used to analyse and interprete data that was presented in tables, charts and figures. Study findings revealed that there is a significant relationship between institutional rewards and employee performance. The study made recommendations such as employees being looked at as an important resource in any organization like KDLG and the need to formulate employee promotion strategies both at national and Local Government levels. The study concluded with proposed areas for future research like carrying out research on other institutional rewards like wages and performance bonuses which the research did not tackle


A Research Dissertation Submitted to the Directorate of Postgraduate training in Partial Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Award of a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resource Management of Kabale University


Institutional Rewards , Employee Performance, Local Governments