Employee engagement and training & development, as a human resources
management practice, has been extensively studied across the world. These
studies tested employee engagement and training & developments’ effect on
various measures of performance. The bulk of these studies were conducted in
North America over the past three decades with more studies emanating from
other parts of the world for the better part of the past decade.
Studies largely found a positive correlation between these two variables and the
specific measure of performance being tracked. This research seeks to determine
whether the effect on perceived performance would be similar when testing
employee engagement and training & development within the South African
context. A quantitative approach was adopted and proved that both training &
development and employee engagement has a positive result on perceived
performance. The relationship between training & development and employee
engagement was ambivalent.