Practical Application: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Infographic

Instructor: Scott Tuning

Scott has been a faculty member in higher education for over 10 years. He holds an MBA in Management, an MA in counseling, and an M.Div. in Academic Biblical Studies.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is a simple, yet effective, way of describing the basic needs of human beings. Because people are compelled to satiate these needs, they serve as powerful motivators. Leaders have the opportunity to meet many of these in the workplace.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Most everyone has heard of Maslow's Hierarchy of needs at some juncture, but the Maslow model is applicable in the workplace as well. Great leaders can retain great employees, and meeting the needs of these great employees increases retention and satisfaction at work. Since Maslow isn't usually applied directly to the workplace, it's important to have an easy and succinct way to convey its components and importance.

As discussed in the lesson The Needs Theory: Motivating Employees With Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, the needs identified do not exist in random order. Rather, Maslow proposes that each need must be met before an individual can move to the next one. It would be pretty silly imagine a homeless individual being motivated by esteem when the more immediate physiological needs are met.

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