Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Psychologist Abraham Maslow believed understanding human motivation would assist in understanding how to motivate workers. He believed that people will always try to satisfy thier unmet needs. Maslow also believed that the basic needs have a strict order in which people attempt to meet them. The needs he found, in the order that they take place in, are
- Physiological needs: basic survival
- Safety needs: feeling secure at home and at work
- Social needs: feeling as 'a part of the group' loved/accepted
- Esteem needs : needing recognition/acknowledgment from others, and sense of self respect as well
- Self-actualization needs: the need to reach ones full potential
This topic has been brought up in my last two classes that cover basic management. My question to you is, How does your company rate? And if you are a manager, supervisor, team leader, or company owner, How well are you addressing these needs?
The higher your company’s turn over the more you should ask this question to yourself.
*Note* information and definitions for the above topic came in part or in whole from:
The Book “Understanding Business” 8th edition by Nickles, McHugh, and McHugh, 2008 published by McGraw-Hill Irwin. ISBN 978-0-07310597-0 Link