Reflection on Motivation-Applying Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs theory


This is the personal reflection on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory by applying motivation conception.


While I start studying about Maslow hierarchy of needs I did not have an idea how a man get motivation to perform better than others. The factors which play the strings of your unconsciousness are physiological needs, safety needs, social needs, self esteem needs and self actualization.


To start over Needs theory, I want to discuss about the motivation concept which plays important part in theory. Motivation is a process which describes the individual intensity (how hard a person tries), direction (indication about beneficial goals)and persistence ( how long a person tries) of effort to achieve a goal (unknown). Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is basically a motivational theory which describes how people aim to get their basic needs; they seek to get continuously higher needs in the form of a pyramid (McLeod, 2007).

The Maslow’s hierarchy of need is categories in two types of order, i.e. lower order needs and higher order needs. In lower order needs that are satisfied externally which are physiological (it includes air, food, water, sleep, shelter etc) (Robinns) and safety needs (which includes security of environment, employment, resources, health, property etc. While in higher order needs that are satisfied internally which are social needs (includes love, friendship, intimacy, family etc, esteem needs ( include confidence, self esteem, achievement and respect etc, and self actualization ( includes morality, creativity, problem solving etc (Robinns).


After learning about Maslow’s needs theory I became surprised in what ways a person’s behavior changes to do better to meet their needs.The first four levels of needs are considered as deficiency or deprivation of a man needs in which lack of satisfaction creates a deficiency which urge people to meet their need (Tanner). Furthermore the growth needs are considered as the self actualization needs (Tanner). In this need behavior of stimuli is not driven due to the deficiencies but it’s due to the desire for personal growth according to their capabilities of stimuli (Tanner).

A person cannot move to higher level needs until his lower level needs are not fulfilled (Tanner). For example: an employee basically emphasizes on their lower order needs to make their better lifestyle. A person who begins his career is very much concerned about its physiological need such as handsome salary and security needs such as benefits and a safe work environment. Once the lower order needs are fulfilled an employees will desire to social interaction between employees (Tanner). Managers should create a healthy environment where a person all needs can be fulfilled. If employee’s needs are fulfilled then they become satisfy and perform their duty with intensity, direction and persistence.


After learning about the needs theory, I became able to divide my goal or tasks step by step and can plan a better frame work to complete. Now I am capable of doing self assessment on which stage I am standing. Furthermore when I will work in an organization I can provide a healthy environment to my subordinates as well as to my colleagues.

This all will helps me to satisfying their needs and to have a better outcome. I can set training workshops and meeting in my organization to teach them about self assessment of their personality. When they started according to this, their subordinates will also be satisfied. Due to this employees turnover will reduce and employees satisfaction will increase which leads to the better work environment and better performance results. (Words 570)


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Robinns, S. P. Organizational Behaviour. Pearsoon Education, Inc.

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unknown. (n.d.). Motivation. Retrieved from Business Dictionary:

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Usually I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I never stop myself to say something about it. You’re doing a great job Man,Keep Working.


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