Psychologist Abraham Maslow first developed his famous theory on hierarchy of needs in the 1940s. In today’s busy world, this topic is hotter then ever before. It shows how basic needs must be met before those “more complex” needs.
Physiological needs are the most basic. Above them stand safety needs (personal, financial, health), love and belonging (friendship, intimacy, family), and esteem (self-confidence, freedom, respect).
Maslow also described “metamotivation” as motivation of people who go beyond the scope of the basic needs and strive for constant betterment. On the top is a need that refers to what a person’s full potential is and the realization of that potential – self-actualization.
How can we apply this to our work lives and “go beyond?”
An average adult spends around 92,120 hours in a lifetime at work. We are all motivated by different things. We can divide them into two groups:
A. extrinsic values – monetary rewards
B. intrinsic values – integrity, status, prestige, achievement, respect, power, belonging, equality, independence… And happiness.
The term “gross national happiness” was even introduced nationwide in Bhutan when the country enshrined it in its 2008 constitution. Even years before that, His Majesty had said “We do not believe in Gross National Product. Gross National Happiness is more important.”
Some companies are aware of the importance of “Gross Company Happiness” and they have started to put in place a new job position: Chief Happiness Officer. Are you reading this and thinking – is this even a real thing? Or did you know that this profession exists?
We are sure you know the world’s most famous Chief Happiness Officer, clown Ronald McDonald, who’s “lovin’ it.”
Are you? Around 20-40% of employees are unhappy at work. Hating your job can severely damage your career, your health, your relationships and your private life. Do what you love. Love what you do.
To quote John Lennon: When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”