January 20th 2018

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County governments challenged to adopt good HR practices

Nakuru County CEC for Public Service, Training and Devolution Mr Mwangangi Mwania said the county was committed in getting the right people in the sector. He said lack of motivation among staff led to poor performance.

By Jackson Okataamboleokata@gmail.comWednesday, 20 Dec 2017 20:55 EAT

A competent human resource department would avert protracted court battles pitting counties and their employees, a human resources expert has said. According to the Institute of Human Resource Management executive director Dorcas Wainaina, professional HR practitioners would also help counties realise growth by getting the right workforce.

Speaking during the IHRM Central Rift Region end year meeting in Nakuru on Friday, Ms Wainaina said counties were incurring hefty costs for unwarranted layoffs on workers by unqualified HR managers. She said the institute was sensitizing counties on the need to seek services of qualified and certified HR practitioners in managing their affairs.

Nakuru County CEC for Public Service, Training and Devolution Mr Mwangangi Mwania said the county was committed in getting the right people in the sector. He said lack of motivation among staff led to poor performance.

The CEC, who is also a career administrator, added that skewed appointments, promotions and reward schemes often lead to go slows or un-motivated workforce which hinder service delivery.

Nakuru County is set to carry out a human resource audit on its workforce for better placements. Counties are grappling with huge wage bills due to bloated workforce, all blamed on HR departments.

Upon assuming office, Governor Lee Kinyanjui pledged to tackle nepotism, corruption and laziness among staff to improve on service delivery.

The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County





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