Basic approaches that have evolved over time to improve productivity

About the personal survey instrument

Determine your hierarchy of needs

This resource is intended to assist a better understand of self (and therefore others), the forces that shape motivation, attitude and behavior. It is based on the familiar model devised by Abraham Maslow known as his 'Hierarchy of Needs'.

The Hierarchy of Needs - Personal Survey is included in the Acrobat PDF version of this article 'Employee Motivation, the Organizational Environment and Productivity.

Hierarchy of needs personal survey instrument summary sheet

Based on Maslow's model this hierarchy of needs exercise will give you some interesting additional information about yourself.

You can also use it with your team members, or even family members, to better understand and relate to them i.e. to see 'where they are coming from'.


There are two online lecturettes, Needs 01 and Needs 02, together with an overview of the diagnostic instrument, to determine your 'hierarchy of needs' offered via the PDF publication, which you can purchase.

Survey Sample Statements

The sample statements listed below will give you a feel for the nature of the questions you will be asked to respond to. They are straightforward.

You, in order to successfully complete the exercise, are required to carefully read each question and enter your response in the appropriate box below each statement, before transferring your responses to the Summary Sheet.

  • Things usually work out for me. I always seem to have enough clothes, enough money for rent, food, and car, and to put aside for savings
  • I usually try to avoid discussions with people unless I feel they know as much or more about the subject than I do
  • I get rather upset with people for engaging in small talk. People ought to be able to get together just to be together, just because they want to, without having anything special to talk about

Responses are then tabulated on the summary sheet, illustrated above.

Intro | Needs model explained 1 | Needs model explained 2 | Survey |