Maslow's Hierachy and Google

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1.) Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory is based on a pyramid of five needs. The only way you can reach the top is by starting at the bottom and fulfilling each need. The list starts with physiological needs, safety needs, social needs, esteem needs, and finally self-actualization. Maslow said that most people do not reach self-actualization.
Physiological needs are the basics of survival, such as food, oxygen, water, and sleep.
Safety needs are not only physical safety needs but also employment, resources, morality, family, health and property.
Social needs are where the desire for strong relationships comes into play. This includes friendships and family.
Esteem needs is confidence, self-esteem, achievement, respect of others and respect by others.
Finally, self-actualization is morality, creativity, spontaneity, problem solving, and lack of prejudice.
2.) Google is a well-known company, to say the least. Their mission statement is to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful. This is a very challenging mission because the technology and advancements are constantly changing and improving. This means that the employees of Google need to be creative, spontaneous, risk takers, and problem solvers. According to Maslow, these traits develop once a person has satisfied the other more basic needs. Google has done an amazing job to satisfy these needs and has created a working environment that enhances creativity.
Physiological needs are met very well at Google. It has four cafés that each provides three meals a day, as well as over 100 different snacks around campus. There are four gyms on campus that keep the employees healthy and an on campus doctor, yoga and massage therapy is available.
Google is highly focused on employee social needs. Their campus is built in a way to accentuate social interaction. All offices are for at least two people. The buildings themselves are built with glass walls, high ceilings, lots of natural

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