n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Human capital selection practices and performance of unionised organisations in the food, beverage and tobacco industries in Lagos State, Nigeria




The objective of the study is to investigate the effect of selection practices on performance of unionised organisations in the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Industry in Lagos State. The adopted research design is the survey method. The organisations in the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Industry in Lagos State constitute the population of the study. The target respondents for the survey were the executive management and senior employees in charge of human resource management functions. The proportional stratified sampling method was used to select equal sample of thirty (30) from each of the organisations surveyed. A total of four hundred and twenty (420) research subjects were drawn from fourteen respondent companies. However, 284 copies of questionnaire were properly completed and used for data analysis. This represents 68 per cent response rate. Validity estimate is 0.90 while the Cronbach's Alpha is 0.81 being the reliability coefficient of the instrument. The hypothesis for the study was tested using the Pearson Product Moment Correlation, Regression Model and Chi-square test of goodness-of-fit at 5 per cent level of significance. The result of hypothesis test shows that selection practices exhibited positive and significant relationship with all measures of performance. Rate of sales (r = 0.272; p< 0.01); innovativeness (r = 0.261; p< 0.01); growth in employees (r = 0.232; p< 0.01); performance stability (r = 0.235; p< 0.01; operational efficiency (r = 0.227; p< 0.01); public image (r = 0.146; p< 0.05); staff morale (r = 0.201; p< 0.01); adaptability (r = 0.183; p< 0.01); market share (r = 0.143; p< 0.05); and profitability (r = 0.174; p< 0.01). The Chi-square test of goodness-of-fit also confirmed that selection practices affect performance of unionised organisations (x2 = 130.19, df =2, p< 0.01). The regression model also confirmed the same result. From the foregoing, it is recommended that organisations should put in place policies to guide the conduct of selection practices in order to achieve optimal performance. Government policies on preferential quota system and Federal Character Principle with respect to selection in some public sector organisations need to be re-examined with a view to improving performance of such organisations. Thus, for organisations in the Food, Beverage and Tobacco industry to achieve quantum leap in their performance indices, the selection function must be properly and professionally practised to yield the required results.


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