Throughout The Course Of The Semester, I Learned A Lot

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Throughout the course of the semester, I learned a lot about myself through a series of self-assessments. When I first started this class, I thought I already knew myself and how I handled situations. I was surprised with my results. Many of the self-assessments gave me insight on what I could do better, like my time management, listening skills, and networking. On the other hand, I have more insight on how I deal with conflicts, leadership, and what my hygiene and motivators are. By reflecting on these results, I can either continue what I am doing or I can improve. Just because I have a good control and understanding of some skills and tasks, does not mean I should not improve upon them. Throughout the semester, two theories stuck out…show more content…
Esteem needs include recognition for your work, self-confidence and respect, in addition to challenging tasks, a chance at advancement, and satisfaction of completing the task. Once the proceeding needs have been properly fulfilled, you may next achieve self-actualization. Self-actualization is the final need because it is taking what you have and your skills and further improving through advancement. The needs hierarchy can apply to anyone because these are the needs that power us to forge through a tough week or to show ourselves just how far we can go. The needs hierarchy is applicable to anyone and everyone. For me, I like to apply it to my job and why it motivates me. As described above, to achieve self-actualization you must complete the lower tiers before you can achieve the most complex need. I have worked at HomeGoods for about three years and it is my first job. I have stuck around for the good, the bad, and the ugly. Right now, we are in the ugly. I am working an average of 35 hours a week because we are understaffed. Why am I doing this to myself? Why have I stayed this long? Maslow’s theory of motivation helped me understand why. The first need is physiological and it is thoroughly completed. I have clean working environment with snacks and regulated breaks. These needs are completed so now I can achieve the second tier. My safety needs are met: a safe working environment, a very secure job, yearly raises, and
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