1.1 BACK GROUND TO THE STUDY
Monetary incentives refer to the exchange prices for labour.(Markowitz 1980). They are the base payments which employers use to compensate time and effort spent by employees towards attaining organizational goals (Flippo 1984). Monetary incentives can be understood as payment packages that individual workers earn by virtue of their employment by the organization. Generally monetary incentives are economic benefits given to employees for the services they render to the organization. Performance is defined as the ability to meet the set targets in the organization. (Kayemba 1995)
Monetary incentives in Barclays Bank take forms of salaries, wages, allowances, bonuses. Salaries are a monthly pay to employees of the bank and they are fixed according to the employees experience, educational levels and position. Wages on other hand are calculated according to task given to a particular employee and sometimes the number of days that one works and this is usually payment made to casual labourers. Allowances in Barclays Bank include airtime, medical allowances, and even transport allowances. Bonuses are extra pays to the employees who have achieved the set targets in time and this is usually in addition to the salary of the employee.(Company magazine 2008). However, the monetary incentive system in Barclays is characterized by delays in paying employees their salaries, bonuses and allowances to the extent of paying them three months (Banks quarterly report 2007).
This has demotivated hard working employees as there is lack of extra pay for the more performing employees. This has also affected the performance as employees are no longer working according to expectations of the bank because employees report late for work, rampant absenteeism and labour turnovers. (Bank’s quarterly report 2007).
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM.
Barclays bank has tried to create a motivating environment for its workers through putting up monetary incentives such as allowances, bonuses, payments of salaries and wages in order to motivate them work towards the set targets but the poor incentive system of the Bank like delays in payments has led to demotivated work force leading to the poor performance levels of employees hence the Bank not achieving most of its targets in time.
1.3 PURPOSE OF THE STUDY.