The effect of staffing on organizational productivity: a focus on filling up of positions in Ngara District council in Tanzania

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Kampala International University,College of Humanities and Social Sciences
This study investigated into the effect of staffing on organizational produ~)1Q~ I focused on filling up vacant posts in Ngara District Council. In this study, causes of inadequate workforce, impact of inadequate workforce on organizational performance and measures taken to curb the situation were dealt with. The study was prompted by unsatisfactory performance in staffing practices of District Council. The population studied was 268 persons comprised of Councilors, Heads of Departments and other Council employees. The sample of 114 respondents was used to get the findings. Data collection instruments used in this study were unstructured questionnaires, interview guides, observation and documentary review. From the research, the findings indicate that staffing practice at NDC is facing several problems among which are too bureaucratic procedures on acquiring staff coupled with various appointing authorities, lack of detailed assessment on human resources requirement, acute shortage of staff, relatively poor remuneration which does not attract staff from private sectors, inadequate preparation of staff for open competition in filling up vacant promotional posts, as well as insecurity environment of NDC that scares away prospective applicants. On the other hand it has been found that it is quite significant to the organization to have all its established posts filled as it improves performance by rationalizing the workload to required human resource strength. It was also noticed that different steps have been taken to curb the existing human resource requirement. Some of these include spending extra hours to cover the pending assignment, rescheduling of the job description to the existing staff, collaborating with other staff from other institutions, contracting out certain assignment and forfeiture of employees’ annual leave. Basing on those findings, the recommendations made include: shortening the long process of recruitment, selection and placement; waving some bureaucratic procedures in recruitment process with particular consideration of Ngara District Council that is in such unattractive geographical location, improving salaries and benefits, develop the training and development policy which will among other things restrict the trained staff from transferring to other district councils.
A thesis submitted to the school of postgraduate studies in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Award of the Degree of Masters of Arts in Human Resource Management of Kampala International University
Staffing, Organizational, Productivity