Maslow’s hierarchy of needs comes in handy for many different applications. Whether it is used to draw motivation from a group of students, or workers, to promote the development of individuals in their work environment or to become a better leader. “From a training or educational perspective, you can use the five levels of motivation that Maslow identified to focus your efforts in encouraging learners to accomplish established learning goals and to reward them for successes”(Lucas,12).
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is not so much a technique or process to use as an idea to have in mind when you’re thinking about how you meet an employee’s or student’s needs. Maslow’s theory is important for two reasons: Firstly it points out that people’s needs are not just met by money. People have many needs which have to be met, and while people may be very well paid, they can still be unsatisfied if these needs aren’t met. Secondly, it gives leaders a whole range of tools that they can use to build team satisfaction. It doesn’t cost much to provide a safe working environment, have social gatherings where co-workers can get to know one-another outside the work environment, and its free to compliment people on a job well done. These small tasks can make a huge difference.
In businesses many managers use Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to help improve the quality of their employees work. “This is what the old U.S. Army slogan of “Be all you can be” was all about. Their premise was “Join us, we provide you with the tools and support to reach your maximum potential.” To this end, as a trainer, you must identify where learners hope to go as it relates to level of achievement in your sessions. Then, help them get there. This can be done through instruction, coaching, mentoring, and providing tools and resources to allow them to succeed in implementing what they have learned in training on the job” (Lucas,12).
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In today’s society we have come to use Maslow’s theory for so many different purposes. It describes how and why motivation is extreamly important in being successful and reveals much of the essential nature of humans. The theory responds to questions such as “why they are driven inwardly to do what they do, why they work enthusiastically, lazily or not at all. His theory offers also the merits of simplicity of structure, easily intelligible language, and, most importantly, practical application to the workplace. The essentials of Maslow’s theory are as follows: Human beings are driven to decisions and actions ‘Secondary needs hundreds of deep needs which can be classified into five categories as in the hierarchy at left and these into two classes, primary and secondary needs. Psychology and all behavioral sciences being necessarily less exact than the physical sciences, Maslow’s categories and classes are often overlapping at the borders and subject to exceptions in the complexities of individual personalities. But, in general, the hierarchy portrays the need priorities driving the human being. Generally, we first strive to satisfy basic primary needs. Only after these are satisfied are we much motivated by less pressing secondary needs” (Moutet,12).
Following each section of Maslow’s theory leads to a happy and successful life. His theory gives us a guide to achieving our goals and obtaining directions on how to become successful through motivation. After achieving our basic primary needs of psychological needs and safety needs, we focus on obtaining love and feeling like we belong, then on our self esteem and finally self actualization. As long as we have the desire to keep pushing forward, improving ourselves, and having that motivation to better ourselves we follow Maslow’s theory and we can achieve our highest potentials.
Motivation is a desire to attain a goal, combined with the energy to work towards that goal. It involves the biological, emotional, social and cognitive forces that stimulate a person’s behavior. In everyday usage, the term “motivation” is frequently used to describe why a person does something. “There are three major elements of motivation- intensity, direction and persistence” (Robbins & ...