Short Literature Critique Of Abraham Maslow's Theory Of Human Motivation

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Jaime Brown PSC 500 November 1, 2017 Short Literature Critique During the semester we discussed Abraham Maslow’s Theory of Human Motivation. Within this theory, Maslow discusses a five-tier model of basic human needs, which is referred to as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The basic needs that are discussed in this hierarchy are physiological needs, safety needs, belongingness needs, esteem needs, and self-actualization. Physiological and safety needs are described as being basic needs, belongingness and esteem needs are described as being psychological needs, and self-actualization is a self-fulfillment need. In order for one need to be satisfied, the previous need must be satisfied; so, for example, in order for safety needs to be met, physiological needs must be met first. Physiological needs refer to biological needs for human survival such as air, food, water, shelter, sleep, and so on; this is believed to be the most significant amongst the hierarchy. Safety needs are those that provide general safety and security and keep humans safe from harms way; this can consist of job security, financial security, law and order, health insurance, etc. After the safety need is met, then comes the need for belongingness and love. The belongingness…show more content…
This can help firms comprehend the basic needs of their workers, which can better help firms to provide the appropriate incentives to enhance the performance of their workers. Also, if firms can provide these incentives to improve the performance of their employees, then this can also help improve efficiency and productivity within the company. Another strength of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is that it is applicable in many situations; not only does it apply to employees within organizations but it can also apply to a person’s every day life as
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