Authors: N.E. Mazibuko, S James and N Mbengo
Abstract: Numerous studies have found that having highly committed employees is one of the keys for sustainable competitive advantage in the current competitive business environment. It is, therefore, a reason that any institution should consider its human resources as the most valuable asset in order to provide sustainable service delivery. Generally, commitment of employees in the healthcare environment is key to organizational excellence, quality and safety. Although research findings indicate that the efficiency and productivity of human capital depends upon employee commitment, limited research has been found within the healthcare environment. Against this background, the main purpose of this paper is to develop a hypothetical model of a clear theoretical foundation of employee commitment towards implementation of safety measures in public healthcare institutions. A hypothetical model was constructed based on a comprehensive literature study. This model will be tested by means of 9 hypotheses, based on the following: seven independent variables, namely, migration, role considerations, health environment, job identification, resources, work conditions and administrative support will be tested on employee commitment towards the implementation of safety measures. Two dependent variables of employee commitment towards implementation of safety measures will also be assessed, namely, organizational performance and employee retention. The intention is to provide healthcare professionals and management with clear guidelines regarding the adoption of effective safety measures so as to improve the healthcare system.
Keywords: employee commitment, health safety, hazards, health environment and safety measures.