Essay on Case Study on Maslow, Herzberg, and Mcgregor’s Theories

887 Words Sep 26th, 2012 4 Pages
How would I solve this problem using Maslow’s motivational theory?

Abraham Maslow believed that to understand motivation at work, we much understand human motivation in general and he felt motivation arose from workers’ needs. These needs included: Physiological needs, safety needs, social needs, esteem needs, and self-actualization needs. He felt that if these needs were met with the worker their motivation would provide a workplace that enabled employees to fulfill their own unique potential and work to the best of their ability. He felt most of the world’s workers struggle all day simply to meet the basic everyday needs such as food, water, and shelter. These factors are considered lower-level needs in Maslow’s pyramid: hierarchy
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I would get some ideas from them on how to make the work place more exciting and I would empower them to get more motivated because great employees attract great customers. Using Maslow’s motivational theory I would make sure all the needs for my employees were met and to me the most important is the esteem needs and the self-actualization needs. I would let my employees know that they were doing a great job and I would give them praise about their work to fulfill their esteem needs.

How would that differ from using Herzberg's and McGregor's?

Herzberg has a two-factor motivation theory that consist of motivators and hygiene (or maintenance) factors. In his theory, motivators are factors that cause employees to be productive and give them satisfaction, whereas hygiene factors cause dissatisfaction if missing but do not necessarily motivate employees if increased. Some motivator factors that are used to motivate employees include the work itself, achievement, recognition, responsibility, growth, and advancement. Some hygiene factors that can cause dissatisfaction, but changing them will have little motivational effect include company policy and administration, supervision, working conditions, interpersonal relations (co-workers), salary, status, and job security. Maslow and Herzberg have a lot of similarities
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