If you remember anything from psychology class, you might remember a man named Abraham Maslow. He was an American psychologist who is most known for creating the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, a theory that categorizes human needs into 5 categories. The theory was used to study how humans participate in behavioral motivation. The theory was originally laughed off and criticized by Maslow’s peers, but it’s now recognized in a far more positive light, as its had a huge impact across many fields and researchers.
This theory can be applied to working from home as well.
Remote working has become the new normal since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in many cases companies all across the United States are allowing their employees to work remotely on a permanent basis if they choose. If you’re working from home as well, these hierarchy of needs will not only help you be more productive, but also feel more motivated to want to do your job properly.
Business security solutions provider Expert Security UK created this graphic for the hierarchy of needs for working at home, and it fits perfectly with Maslow’s model.
Working equipment: To get the job done you need to have high-quality devices that are up-to-date and work properly. Investing in things like good internet, a computer, electricity, etc are considered the basics.
Security: We all of course want to feel protected while we are working. Security is a massive part of any job, and it covers everything from shelter to financial stability. If you’ve been considering investing in quality security equipment since you’re now at home more often, Ring would be an excellent choice because it offers an alarm and surveillance from your smartphone, computer, etc.
Safety and hygiene: 2020 taught us that hand sanitizer and proper hygiene are things that should never be underestimated. If you’re in an enclosed space, cleanliness is a big factor in your work performance.
Team culture: It’s easy to communicate with your work family when you’re all in person, but when remote work gets involved, communication and interaction becomes far more scarce. When you have moments in the day, take time to reach out to your fellow employees and keep in touch with those you used to see every single day.
Career success: At our core, we want to feel valued, especially in our work careers. We chase the Employee of the Month awards in part because that feeling of achievement and having the validation of knowing we’re an asset to the staff.
We hope this was a helpful reminder to try to keep as much structure as possible while you’re working from home. It can be a challenge for many people to work in the same place that they usually lounge, so please feel free to share this with your family and friends.
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Cherie is the owner and president of Carter Recruiting and Associates. She holds a BA in psychology from the University of Mississippi and has over 30 years of experience in the recruitment of executive and manufacturing professionals. Cherie’s work has been instrumental for new plant start-ups, as well as building and maintaining relationships throughout the region and state of Arkansas. She is a member of the National Association of Female Executives and the National Association of Women Business Owners.