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A project team member approaches you to apprise you that she must leave work early because of personal issues. You later discover that her spouse has experienced severe medical problems and that as a result of related expenses, they are losing their home and having handicap with basic expenses such as food. After obtaining her permission, you rally the team and hold several fundraising events to assist cover the expenses. Which of the following statements describes this circumstance?

A According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, this team member is at the basic physical needs level of the pyramid.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs suggests that once a lower-level need has been met, it no longer serves as a motivator, and the next higher level becomes the driving motivator in an individual’s life. A person goes up and down the pyramid, depending on what they are experiencing in their life. The lowest level is basic physical needs (shelter, clothing, food), followed by safety and security, social needs, self-esteem needs, and self-actualization.