In the 1960s, Abraham Maslow stated that people function on different levels based on how their needs are satisfied. He believed that people need to satisfy their body needs (food) before they think about security (safety). Likewise, they need to satisfy their security needs before they think of their social (love or belonging) needs.
Myra Golden of Myra Golden Media writes that similar hierarchy exists inside all employees:
5. Body (physiological) needs: If employees are just thinking about their salary, they won't be able to focus on anything else. This is especially true if they have a hard time meeting their expenses based on their compensation.
4. Security needs: This has become especially important with all the violence in recent years in the workplace. Employees will not be able to focus on their jobs if they are afraid.
3. Social needs: It is natural for employees to want to interact with others at the office. The company must support and promote this need with specific workplace layouts and activities.
2. Ego (esteem) needs: All employees need to have their confidence supported. Companies must have activities that recognize their excellence.
1. Self actualization: Until the previous four needs are met, employees will not meet their full level of potential.
As a small-business owner, it's critical to know where each of your employees are in this hierarchy. And it's impossible to motivate employees to achieve their career goals through the company if they're worrying about paying their personal bills every week. How do contribute to your employees' "hierarchy of needs"?
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