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Abstract There are many different theories businesses can use to motivate employees The five most common theories are Maslows Theory ERG Theory Herzbergs Two Factor Theory Adams Equity Theory and the Expectancy Theory Each can boost employee response if used correctly Motivating Employees There are five different personality theories which we will be discussing These five are Maslows Theory ERG Theory Herzbergs Two Factor Theory Adams Equity Theory and the Expectancy Theory Although a few theories seem about the same each one offers a different aspect on personality theories We will then apply some of these theories to Walking TALL Shoe Company as they try to motivate employees First lets discuss Maslows Theory Abraham Maslow born in 1908 and died in 1970 is well known for establishing the theory of a hierarchy of needs He states that people are motivated by unsatisfied needs and that certain lower needs have to be satisfied before higher needs can be satisfied Boeree 1998 pg 1 For example If you are hungry and thirsty you will try to take care of the thirst first Because you can do without food for weeks but you can only do without water for a couple of days Thirst is a stronger need than hunger But if you are very thirsty and someone put a choke hold on you and you cant breathe which is more important The need to breathe of course In addition sex is less powerful than any of these Lets face it you wont die if you dont get it Boeree maslowtheory p2 According to Maslow theory there are general types of needs the physiological need the need for safety and security the need for love and belonging the need for esteem and the need to actualize the self The physiological needs are very basic needs such as air water food sleep and sex If these needs are not attained we may feel sickness irritation pain and
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