Maslow in the Workplace: Creating Employees Who Contribute and Are Engaged

Maslow in the Workplace: Creating Employees Who Contribute and Are Engaged
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2022-09-15
Unit 1 Presentation Materials: Maslow in the Workplace
Unit 2 Transcript: Maslow in the Workplace
Unit 3 Workbook: Maslow in the Workplace
Unit 4 Recording: Maslow in the Workplace

Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs has been used for decades to understand human requirements and motivations in life. The model can also be utilized to evaluate and subsequently drive performance for employees and organizations. This session explores how Abraham Maslow’s idea can be applied in the workplace setting particularly by supervisors to motivate their teams.

This webinar’s esteemed instructor is Al Cobos, the primary consultant and owner of Dychelon LLC, a Human Resources training provider. He has over three decades of experience in law enforcement where he served at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD).

Topics covered in this course include:

  • A glimpse into the current workplace environment’s dynamics.
  • An overview of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and the five levels as it originally applies to the individual.
  • Unpacking the tiers of the Maslow Pyramid for supervisory impact.
    • Basic needs as it refers to the facility, equipment, and supplies made available to the employees and its congruence to employee performance expectations.
    • Safety in terms of employment security, salary, and access to opportunities that the employees may want to pursue.
    • Love and belongingness which refers to the sense of shared responsibility, being a contributing and engaged team member, and buy-in.
    • Esteem that looks into the acknowledgment of their contributions and opportunities to lead.
    • Self-actualization in terms of being developed to make decisions, take risks, and shape the team mission.
  • A glimpse into some of the leader archetypes, their characteristics, and how they affect employee productivity.
  • The Maslow approach to onboarding where questions asked to candidates about their principles and how they will perform at work allude to the different levels in the hierarchy of needs.
  • Self-assessment questions for organizations and supervisors to reflect on to ensure that employees’ needs are provided for so they feel valued, excel in their duties, develop in their roles, move up their careers, and realize their goals.
  • The value of promoting transparency and an environment of analysis and asking purposeful questions to bring employees on the path to self-actualization.
  • The process to create purposeful questions that focuses on intent, conversation, relationships, and result.
  • The benefits of asking versus telling when communicating with employees.
  • The critical task of supervisors of modeling engagement and promoting employee development.

Questions from the webinar attendees are about:

  • Building trust between supervisors and staff.
  • How the pandemic may have created a new level of needs to incorporate into Maslow’s pyramid.
  • How new managers can forge cooperation and engagement within their new teams.


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Audience Comments

  • “Loved the presentation and topic and how the presenter was knowledgeable and used his own experience in explaining each need.” — Edgardo
  • “Al did a great job of applying Maslow to leadership and organizational culture!” — Gary
  • “Great information to hear for those in leadership! Thank you.” — Jeri
  • “Most valuable: Model the engagement you want from others. New topics: Concepts/Tips on how to engage employees who have checked out but still have a small inkling of wanting to fully contribute to the Organization.” — Miriam
  • “Nice way to operationalize Maslow for supervisors. Gets past theory to practice.” — Michael
  • “I LOVED Al’s genuine empathy and lack of ego. I was reminded that the style of not being confrontational and powerful is key to building rapport when entering a supervisory role with a new team. The most valuable thing I took away was Al’s openness to engaging with the audience at any time in the future, as opposed to what I think most people assume, within a couple of days or weeks would be an ‘appropriate’ follow-up.  THANK YOU for a great webinar.” — Nadya
  • “Taking the pyramid and adjusting it to fit the special needs of your organization. In a short amount of time, Al gave a solid blueprint to begin implementing cultural improvements for any organization. Loved it! Thank you.” — Teresa
  • “This was such great information, and so simple for agencies to implement to give their employees the best and get the best out of them in return. Thank you!” — Christine
  • “I would like it if all management took this webinar!” — Deonda



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