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Does Maslow Work Here?

We have all studied Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.  According to Maslow, there are five levels of human needs:

  1. Physiological needs
  2. Security needs
  3. Social needs
  4. Esteem needs
  5. Self-Actualization

Maslow’s theory provides a needs-based pyramid upon which the foundation of human motivation is built.  The lowest level on the pyramid represents the most basic of human needs while more complex human needs are found higher along the pyramid.  Paramount in Maslow’s theory is that lower-level needs must first be met before one can move on to higher-level needs.

Maslow’s studies are important to workplace motivation and success.   In subsequent blogs we will discuss progression along the pyramid as well as look more closely at some of these higher-level needs.

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Judy W Bell

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