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    Impact Of Hrm Practices On Employee Satisfaction InPublic Sector Commercial Banks In Chennai


    Building on the notions of soft or high commitment HRM, the relationship between human resource practices and work outcomes is an increasingly researched topic in human resource management. Founded upon a theory Y approach of employees as active,self-controlled human beings who like work, seek responsibility, and serve objectives to which they are committed, soft HRM focuses on empowering, developing, trusting, and managing employees as humans with specific needs, and predicts that performance is created through positive attitudes. .More specifically, HRM is hypothesized to fulfill employees needs which enhances favorable attitudes, and subsequently improves performance outcomes This is consistent with social exchange theory (SET) which argues that HRM practices contribute to positive exchange relationships between employee and employer-especially when the needs of individual workers are considered-to which employees reciprocate with favorable attitudes and behavior.

    Keywords: HPWS, Employee Compensation, Training and Development.

    Copyright 2013 by IJOMAInternational Journal of Management Academy (2013), 1 (2): 91-95Received: October 2013Accepted: November 2013

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    Globalization and changing customers demands for better quality have revolutionized the organizations and has created intense competition among them. In order to survive in this global competition, creation of satisfied and loyal work force is vital for all organizations including commercial banks. The worldwide current competition in banking industry has been increased by globalisation, high tech-change and privatization of public banks. To keep pace with this high competition, the banks need highly motivated, satisfied and loyal employees and hence, there is a need to adopt strategies like

    High Performance Work System. This study focus on HRM practices and their outcomes in public sector commercial banks in Chennai.

    The main objectives to achieve through this research:

    To identify the HRM practices that are followed in public sector commercial banks in chennai.

    To examine the relationship between HRM practices and HR outcomes of public sector commercial banks.

    Literature Review High Performance Work Systems High Performance Work Systems (HPWS)

    is a set of interrelated HR practices designed to enhance employees skills, commitment, and productivity in such a way that employees become a source of sustainable competitive

    Dr. T. Usha Priya

    Head, Post Graduate Department of Banking and Insurance Management Ethiraj College for women, Chennai

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    sector commercial banks in Chennai. Therefore, the study attempts to find the same.

    MethodologyPrimary data related to HRM outcomes

    such as employee satisfaction and employee commitment were collected from employees who are working in different departments of commercial banks.

    Five Public sector banks in Chennai have been selected to study of how HRM practices

    impact on HRM outcomes of public sector banks. The sample of this study consisted of 100 respondents who are working in the different departments of branches of five public sector commercial banks. For the purpose of this study, a structured questionnaire consisting of 59 questions was made to collect data. It was organized into two sections and was used to collect primary data from employees. Section one consisted of 6 questions regarding the personal details of respondents such as age, experience, sex, designation, education and marital status. Section two was designed to test employees perceptions about HRM practices like Recruitment, Training, Performance appraisal and. A five point Likert scale has been used in this second section of the questionnaire to measure the impact of HR practices on HRM comes. The scaling is: 5 for strongly agree, 4 for agree, 3 for neutral, 2 for disagree and 1 for strongly disagree have been given in order to analyze data.

    Measurement of HR outcomes Using a five point Likert scale ranging

    from 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree), respondents (employees) were asked to indicate their perception on these HR outcomes. Eight questions were asked to test employee satisfaction, and two questions were used to test employee commitment respectively.

    Hypotheses TestedHypothesis 1 Job advertisement in news papers leads to

    higher employee satisfaction and employee commitment.

    Hypothesis 2 Training and Development of employees is

    advantage( Datta et al., 2005). But as there is no single agreed definition of HPWS (Boxall and Purcell, 2003), different labels have been used to describe these sophisticated human resource practices, for instance, high involvement work practices (Lawler, 1986; Guthrie, 2001), high commitment management (Beer et al., 1985), high performance work organisation practices (Osterman, 2000),and innovative HR practices (MacDuffie, 1995).

    HRM practices and job satisfaction are studied widely in different parts of the world. It is assumed that HR practices are closely associated with job satisfaction (Ting, 1997).

    Steijn (2004) found that HRM practices had positive effect on job satisfaction of the employees of Dutch public sector whereas individual characteristics such as age, gender, and education had insignificant effect on job satisfaction.

    Gould-William (2003) showed that use of specific HR practices in local government organizations in the United Kingdom (UK) was associated with a greater degree of job satisfaction, workplace trust, commitment, effort, and perceived organizational performance.

    Thang and Buyens (2008) stated that training and development lead to superior knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes, and behavior of employees that ultimately enhance excellent financial and non-financial performance of the organizations.

    Aswathappa, (2008)found that compensation is very much important for employees because it is one of the main reasons for which people work. Employees living status in the society, satisfaction, loyalty, and productivity are also influenced by the compensation.

    Most studies have included performance-based compensation as one of the high-performance HRM practices (e.g. Delery and Doty, 1996; Huselid, 1995; MacDuffie, 1995). Empirical studies on the relationship between performance-related pay and company performance have generally found a positive relationship. Delery and Doty (1996) identified performance-based compensation as the single strongest predictor of firm performance.

    Relatively, there is little published research on HRM practices and their outcomes in public

    Impact Of Hrm Practices On Employee Satisfaction In Public Sector

  • Impact Of Hrm Practices On Employee Satisfaction In Public Sector


    positively related to higher employee satisfaction and employee commitment

    Hypothesis 3 Compensation is positively related to

    higher employee satisfaction and employee commitment

    Hypothesis 4 Performance evaluation of employees is

    positively related to higher employee satisfaction and employee commitment.

    HRM practices followed in Public Sector commercial Banks

    Human resource practices are the primary means by which firms can influence and shape the skills, attitudes, and behaviour of individuals to do their work and thus achieve organizational goals. The are various practices but the study includes only aspects like recruitment & selection, training & development, compensation and performance evaluation.

    Recruitment & Selection Recruitment is the process of locating

    potential individuals who might join an organization and encouraging them to apply for existing or anticipated job openings. Recruitment is the development of a pool of job candidates in accordance with a human resource plan. Further it can be explained as the process of locating, identifying and attracting capable applicants. During this process, efforts are made to inform the applicants fully about the qualifications required to perform the job and the carrier opportunities the organization can offer its employees.

    Selection is the process of choosing individuals who have relevant qualifications to fill existing or projected job openings. It is the process of assessing candidates and appointing a post holder to ensure that the most appropriate candidates are hired. Successful employee hiring decisions are the foundation of any organizations success. Most managers and senior executives would agree that the task of hiring can be one of the responsibilities with the most impact in their organization.

    Training & Development In the field of human resource management,

    training and development is the field concerned with organizational activity aimed at improving productivity and enhancing skills of individuals and groups in the organizational setting. Development refers to formal education, job experiences, relationships, and assessments of personalities and abilities that help employees prepare for the future.

    The term training is often used casually to describe almost any effort initiated by an organization to foster learning among members. Training tends to be more narrowly focused and oriented toward short- term performance concerns, and development, which tends to be oriented more toward broadening an individuals skills for future responsibilities (Snell S 2007). It can be expected that firm investments in technical and non- technical training will have a positive impact on the skills/knowledge of its employees.

    Training was included as a high-performance HRM practice (Huselid, 1995). Firms with superior training programmes may also experience lower staff turnover than firms that neglect employees training and development.

    Compensation & Benefits Employee compensation includes all forms

    of pay and rewards received by employees for the performance of their jobs (Snell S, 2007). Direct compensation encompasses employee wages and salaries, incentive-payments, bonuses, and commissions. Indirect compensation comprises the many benefits supplied by employers and non financial compensation includes fringe benefits like free insurance and subsidized lunch.

    Performance evaluation The performance appraisal can be defined

    as a process, typically delivered annually by a supervisor to a subordinate, designed to help employees understand their roles, objectives, expectations and performance success. Performance appraisal is a process of systematically evaluating performance and providing feedback upon which performance adjustments can be made. It should be based on job analysis, job description and job

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    specifications and it is a systematic process to evaluate the performance of an employee after a certain period. Performance appraisal also influences other HR practices such as recruitment and selection, training and development, compensation, and employee relations. As performance appraisal leads to pay raise, promotion, and training, it is assumed that better performance appraisal can have an impact on employee job satisfaction.

    Relationship between HRM practices and HR outcomes of public sector commercial banks.

    Multiple regression analysis was conducted to test the hypotheses of this study. Multiple regression analysis is the most commonly used technique to assess the relationship between one dependent variable and several independent variables. Dependant variables are HRM outcomes i.e., employee satisfaction and employee commitment. The specified various dimensions of HRM practices are the independent variables for this study. The adjusted R square gives more accurate information about the fitness of the model, the share of variation in the dependant variable explained by the variation in the independent variables. In this

    study, the adjusted R square, F-value and t-value from the SPSS output have been used to interpret the results of regression analysis.

    Table 1: Results of Regression Analysis for Employee Satisfaction-Coefficients

    From the above Table, it is found that, compensation & social benefits (t = 4.956; p = 0.002), performance evaluation (t = 4.321; p = 0.004), training & development (t = 3.193; p = 0.003), and recruitment & selection practice (t = 2.641; p = 0.002) have emerged as the most significant variables in explaining the variance in employee satisfaction. These are the significant predictors of employee satisfaction in public sector banks in Chennai.

    Tthe results of regression analysis shows that the null hypothesis is rejected and support that a higher intensity HRM practices is positively related to better employee satisfaction.

    Table 2: Results of Regression Analysis for Employee Commitment-Coefficients

    According to the Table 2, compensation & social benefits (t = 4.122; p = 0.000), recruitment & selection (t = 4.158; p = 0.000), petrformance evaluation (t=3.121,p=0.003)and training & development practices (t = 3.100; p = 0.002)

    ModelUnstandardised Coefficients Standardised

    Coefficients Beta t SigB Std. Error

    (Constant) 0.026 0.95 0.269 0.789

    Recruitment& Selection 0.080 0.30 0.120 2.641 0.002

    Training& Development 0.088 0.27 0.151 3.193 0.003

    Compensation & Benefits 0.073 0.24 0.221 4.956 0.002

    Performance Evaluation 0.086 0.26 0.221 4.321 0.004

    Table 1. Results of Regression Analysis for Employee Satisfaction Coefficients.

    ModelUnstandardised Coefficients Standardised


    t SigB Std. Error

    (Constant) 1.289 0.293 4.401 0.000

    Recruitment& Selection 0.086 0.093 0.261 4.158 0.000

    Training& Development 0.072 0.084 0.202 3.100 0.002

    Compensation & Benefits 0.071 0.073 0.221 4.122 0.000

    Performance Evaluation 0.094 0.074 0.199 3.121 0.003

    Table 2. Results of Regression Analysis for Employee Commitment Coefficients.

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