Read the article, “A Theory of Human Motivation (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.” Based on the information presented in the article, discuss the elements of self-esteem, esteem needs, and belonging to a group. What is the relationship between self-esteem, esteem needs, and belonging to a group? Why is it important for a manager to understand and appreciate employees’ self-esteem, esteem needs, and belonging to a group? To discuss this topic human needs and motivation, there is a need to understand that self-esteem is feeling encouraged regarding ourselves. This encouragement can come from the person or people around them. In encouraging ourselves, we judge what is going in our lives by standards they we have set. Outside approval is judging one’s self based on other people’s standards. Maslow tells us the esteem s one of the basic needs and is above belonging. It is stated that after we become a part of a group, and individual wants to excel or move up in the group hierarchy or at least maintain our current position in the group by looking for the esteem and approval of other members in the group. Esteem is flexible and can span over many levels from a little bit of admiration to wanting to be worshipped. The importance of a manager to understanding and appreciating employees’ self-esteem, esteem needs, and belonging to a group is that it keeps employee’s motivated and they often work harder when they feel appreciated. When people’s self-esteem is built up it gives them the feeling that they can accomplish their goals. It is said that workers who are self-satisfied are work better, do not lay of off work and work well with others. People that have esteem issues can sometimes exhibit tendencies of hostility that is directed toward others. The assessment of reviewing esteem is based solely on who is trying to esteem the person. If the person really respects a person the act of esteeming will be more valuable or appreciated. If the individual does not care for the person, the act of esteeming holds little value. In an organization, if an individual is praised a favored member of upper management that they are more excited than if a word can from a co-worker or line supervisor this is not well liked by the person.