The effects of HIV/AIDS epidemic on performance management of civil servants: a case of ministry of education science & technology Nyeri District
Wambugu, Julius M.
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The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of HIV / AIDS epidemic on performance management of civil servants, as one of the emerging issues in HRM. The issue of performance contract has become popular in most of the government ministries by start of 2003 here in Kenya. The aim is to weigh the results against the objectives in evaluating performance. Going by the fact that HIV virus does not discriminate on type or cadre of employees to infect and, or affect, likewise employees in education institutions have become victims. As a result of this, quality of service delivery in education has continued to deteriorate. As a nation we lack a universal HIV / AIDS workplace policy that can be used as a guide by employers, managers and employees in general in order to avoid discrimination and stigmatization of the HIV / AIDS victims. The proposed HIV bill by the Ministry of Health is yet to go through parliament to become a law, this creates a vacuum where HIV / AIDS victims have continued to be discriminated, stigmatized and denied jobs by employers, managers and fellow workmates due to their condition. Likewise the achievement of job objectives by HIV affected and/or infected employees have continued to deteriorate. In the presentation and analysis of the data it emerges clearly that there is a need for concerted efforts by the Ministry of education and other stake holders to come together and address the effects of HIV / AIDS scourge among employees, to facilitate the achievement of objectives and delivery of services within the ministry. The findings of this research go along way in providing the much-needed information by HR managers to educate their employees on HIV/ AIDS and how to treat their colleagues who are affected or infected in the workplace. It is anticipated that the findings have shed some light on the contribution of HIV / AIDS to poor results in delivery of services within the Ministry of Education. The study also sort to establish if the current performance management tools in the ministry of education are effective in the context of HIV /AIDS. The study forms a basis for further research on HIV / AIDS in HR management.