Influence of reward system on job performance of librarians in academic libraries in South East geo political zone of Nigeria
The surest way to ensure and maintain high job performance in academic libraries is adequate use of reward system. Salaries, awards, allowances and recognitions are agents of satisfaction and motivation which helps in sustaining and transforming the entire workforce in the library. This study therefore analyzed the influence of reward system on job performance of librarians of academic libraries in south east geo-political zone of Nigeria. Data were collected with structured and validated questionnaire from 261 libraries. These data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics, percentages and frequency distributions. Result shows that they majority of the librarians stated that they are not satisfied with what they receive as pay especially when they compare it with what their counterpart receive. Almost half of the librarians said that what they receive as pay does not encourage them to perform their job effectively. t – test statistical technique was used to test hypothesis formulated at 0.05 level of significant. The findings show that reward system had a significant influence on job performance of librarians under study. (t – test 2.5). The study strongly recommend various forms of reward as the best option to be used to influence librarians‟ job performance. Effort should be made to harmonize salary structure of librarians to be at par with other academic staff in the similar institutions. Librarians Registration Council of Nigerian should develop a template that will cover all aspects of the allowances that should be paid to librarians of various institution libraries in the country.
Keywords: Reward, job, performance, Librarians, Academic, libraries