Despite the documented evidence underlining the importance of waste management against the backdrop of rising population and increased waste generation, there is scarcity of empirical literature linking waste management to employee performance. This study was, therefore, conducted with the specific objective of examining the effect of waste management on performance of employees working at Nakuru Water and Sanitation Company. A cross-sectional research design was adopted alongside quantitative methods. The 81 employees attached to the technical and operations or production departments of the company constituted the study population. A census design was adopted due to the relatively small study population. A structured questionnaire facilitated data collection. With the assistance of the Statistical Package for Social Sciences tool, the collected data were analyzed using both descriptive and inferential statistics. The results which were presented in table format indicated that there existed a positive, strong and statistically significant relationship between waste management and employee performance r = 0.980; p = 0.000) at p-value = 0.05. Also, the results indicated that the effect of waste management on employee performance was statistically significant (t = 34.726; p = 0.000). The null hypothesis which stated that the effect of waste management on employee performance was not significant, was rejected. The study concluded that waste management played a crucial role with regard to performance of employees working NAWASCO. The study recommended that NAWASCO and other water and sanitation or sewerage companies in Kenya should ensure that there is effective waste management as well as highly performance employees.
Keywords: Employee performance, Nakuru Water and Sanitation Company, waste generation, waste management