Alderfer's ERG Theory & Employee Motivation in the Workplace


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The 'ERG' in Alderfer's ERG Theory stands for:

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1. All of the following are true of Alderfer's ERG theory EXCEPT:

2. Frustration-regression involves:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How can work satisfy basic human needs, and what happens when a job no longer fulfills these needs? By using this quiz/worksheet combo, you will test your ability to define terms and explain the details of two theories addressing these topics.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • What ERG stands for in ERG Theory
  • The needs addressed in Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
  • The definition of frustration-regression
  • The ability to identify what needs one will try to satisfy in specific situations

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about needs fulfillment within professional settings
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about workplace motivation in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as ERG Theory and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about which needs are addressed in each of the two theories discussed in the lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about needs theories and how they apply to employees, review the accompanying lesson called Alderfer's ERG Theory & Employee Motivation in the Workplace. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Detail ERG Theory and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
  • List needs that people try to fulfill according to each theory
  • Compare information about the two theories
  • Provide examples of how employees try to fulfill these needs in the workplace