John G. Watson
MT302 Organizational Behavior
Unit Four: Case Incident 1
Frustrated at Age 30
July 4, 2009
Frustrated at Age 30
1. Analyze Bob using the Maslow need hierarchy?
This week's case covering Bob is a great example of the many people who are experiencing the very same lifestyle changes he has gone through. For example, here we will be discussing how bob after graduating from college in 1996 resided in a great career earning $80,000 per year and due to how the many changes that are taking place in the workforce throughout America now earns $44,000 per year. In addition, how the changes Bob experienced is in relations with Maslow's hierarchy needs. The meaning of hierarchy of needs theory say's that a hierarchy of five needs exist such that as each need is substantially satisfied, the next need becomes dominant (Robbins & Judge, 2007 p.187). In the case with Bob, he started out great in life fulfilling his college needs, finding a great job and being in a great career and fulfilling his security needs thinking he was going to retire by the age of forty. Through this, he reached what Maslow calls self-actualization in which he achieved the drive to become what he was capable of, growing, achieving his potential, and having self-fulfillment (Robbins & Judge, 2007 p.217). Like late bloomers in life who graduated in their late thirties and early forties, I myself unlike Bob have sustained the lower order of Maslow's hierarchy of physiological needs throughout my early part in life learning how to appreciate and be gratified within with the small things in life that really matters. Due to the timing in life of fulfilling each of Bob's hierarchy needs in which he did not have to struggle and learn the survival to skills to make end meet, I feel it is what caused Bob to feel frustrated. This may have lessened his self-esteem when societies economic and job loss security vanished in which he now earns $44,000 per year...
References: 590Robbins, S.P., & Judge, T.A. (2007). Organizational Behavior(12th. ed.).Prentice Hall.
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