INFLUENCE OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES ON AGRICULTURAL EMPLOYEE’S BEHAVIOUR IN OYO STATE, NIGERIA
his study assessed the influence of human resource management practices on agricultural employees’ behavior. Data were collected from 75 randomly selected agricultural employees using a well-structured questionnaire. Data gathered were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistical tools. The mean age of the employees’ was 43.2 years. In-service training (=3.44), management reward employees who are committed to their job (=3.41) and wide participation and activity is highly rewarded (=3.41) were the major human resource management practices that influenced employees behaviors. Also, major employees’ behavior include creation of conducive environment for better job performance (=3.13) and praise, recognition and appreciation of effective performance/special effort (=3.05). Factors affecting employees’ behavior were inadequate training (=2.93) and inadequate grants/funds to attend training programmes (=2.81). Significant relationships existed between gender (χ2 = 37.20, p<0.005), educational qualification (χ2 = 59.09, p<0.005), income (r=0.12, p<0.005), human resource management practices (r = 0.57, p<0.005) and employees’ behavior. Management should encourage employees who are committed to their job through awards and recognition of work done.