Abraham Maslow Theory

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This Hierarchy of Needs has often been represented in a hierarchical pyramid with five levels as stated above. The four levels (lower-order needs) are considered physiological needs. These tend to be satisfied for most people, but they become predominant when unmet. The first four levels are considered deficiency or deprivation needs (“D-needs”) in that their lack of satisfaction causes a deficiency that motivates people to meet these needs. The top level of the pyramid is considered growth needs. The highest level is self-actualization, or the self-fulfillment. Behavior in this case is not driven or motivated by deficiencies but rather one’s desire for personal growth and the need to become all the things that a person is capable of becoming.…show more content…
With Maslow’s theory, an employee’s beginning emphasis on the lower order needs of physiology and security makes sense. Generally, a person beginning their career will be very concerned with physiological needs such as adequate wages and stable income and security needs such as benefits and a safe work environment. We all want a good salary to meet the needs of our family and we want to work in a stable…show more content…
The needs of most employees in the private sector are tailored to needs involving recognition, fulfillment, and personal growth, which correspond to the higher level needs of Maslow’s scale. Now that I am working for the public sector, the need are very different. There was a recent decision made to introduce an ERP system that should be used by accounts, procurement and human resource departments. The uptake of the system has faced resistance because employees do not want to learn how to use despite the huge cost of procuring the system. They are fine with giving excuses and doing things manually provided they draw a salary at the month end. This confirms the lower level of Maslow’s scale, namely the survival levels of physiological and safety

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