The Needs Theory: Motivating Employees with Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs


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What does a manager need to provide in order to satisfy his employees' physiological needs?

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1. You are working for a large international company. One of your project proposals raised the revenue of your department by 5%. Your boss said, You are an exemplary employee and your work ethic and efficiency is at such a level that the entire company should strive towards it. Which of Maslow's five needs would your boss's comment satisfy?

2. Which of Maslow's five needs can a manager fulfill by providing challenging work, inviting employees to participate in decision-making, and giving them flexibility and autonomy in their jobs?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Test your understanding of the needs theory of motivation in this quiz and worksheet combo. The quiz questions will assess your ability to identify which of Maslow's five needs fit given scenarios.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test your knowledge of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, including:

  • Physiological needs
  • Safety needs
  • Social needs
  • Esteem needs
  • Self-actualization needs
  • The requirement for lower-level needs to be met before higher-level needs

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related needs theory of motivation lesson
  • Defining key concepts- correctly identify which need meets a given scenario by comparing and contrasting each type of need
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding principles related to the hierarchy of needs

Additional Learning

To review concepts related to needs theory of motivation, read through the brief lesson on Impact of Needs on Behavior. This lesson will help you:

  • Define motivation
  • Comprehend the importance of needs
  • Recall Maslow's hierarchy of needs theory
  • Review the five basic needs every person has
  • Distinguish differences between the progression principle and the deficit principle