Training and Performance of the Employee in Oman Construction Industry

Al-bedwani, Mujtaba (2016) Training and Performance of the Employee in Oman Construction Industry. [Dissertation]

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"Nowadays the training in working environments become a crucial necessity to both employees and employers with the purpose of producing high quality work and ensuring the health and safety of workers.
Recently, Oman experienced a swift booming in the construction industry and infrastructure projects, therefore the workers have the right to be trained and educated toward the work processes to achieve high efficiency.
The purpose of this study is to investigate training and performance of employee in Oman’s construction industry. The study evaluated the level of training employees in the Omani construction sector and to determine whether there is sufficient awareness of training employees in the construction sector.
Several objectives were expected to be met including, examining the effect of training on the professional effectiveness of employees in a construction firm, assessing the level of training in Oman compared to the UK, uncovering different strategies to give training to the worker in different companies, and lastly evaluating how training minimises health and safety risks.
The study used mixed method of research, by combining qualitative and quantitative research methods. Data were collected using document analysis, semi-structured research and structured research questionnaires. In all, 105 employees working in construction firms were surveyed for the quantitative study. Two site visits were conducted in Al- Mobila and Al Wadi Kabir. One participant was considered for the qualitative study.
Findings suggest that the construction firms in Oman have a good awareness of the importance of training and focus on giving the training to the employees to improve their skills, competence and productivity. Health and safety improvements in the construction industry can be attained when employees are given training to change their behaviours. It is also established that contemporary employees in the construction sector need access to persistent training to constantly improve their competency, lest the construction firm would lose the competency race. An
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investigation into the effects of training on employee performance also shows that training is linked to employee performance and, therefore, training is essentially a function of better performance of the organisation, as employee performance leads to improved performance of the organisation. It is also established that the best training program at the construction sites is through workshops"

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