There’s no instructional manual for being a human. And if there was one it would be filled with corrections, adjustments and exemptions. The closest thing I’ve found to explaining human beings is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. If you aren’t familiar, Maslow proposed that our behaviour is driven by our unmet needs. He listed these needs as Physiological (food, water, warmth, rest); Safety (shelter, security); Belonging and Love (intimate relationships, friends); Esteem (prestige, accomplishment); and Self-Actualization (achieving one’s full potential, creative activities).
If you are ever left wondering why a person is acting a certain way, or even the motivations for your own behaviours, look to Maslow’s hierarchy. You can learn quite a bit about people when you tie their actions back to their needs.
A Team Human Conversation
Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.
Give an example when one of Maslow’s needs motivated your behaviour in a positive way.
Give an example when one of Maslow’s needs motivated your behaviour in a negative way.
What can you do more of as a team to help each other meet your fundamental needs in a positive way?