Applying the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in this situation, it can be seen that the position of tour guide was extremely dissatisfactory to me because of the following reasons. While working as a tour guide, an innate human understanding is required. The tour guide needs to function based on the needs of the people. In a way, I believe I absorbed some of the needs of the tourists and this reflected on my own needs of creating the dissatisfaction.For instance, consider the physiological needs like shelter and sleep etc. These are the basic needs that are required for the survival of the people. Hence the fundamental reason for taking up this job was to ensure that these needs are met.
Similarly, tourists come to the spa because they wanted a well-rested weekend. They need to visit a safe space that meets their basic physical needs. Looking at these needs being met for others while I was walking around pulling extra shifts like a zombie made my work unsatisfactory to me. I believe if I could have balanced my work life and my sleep better, I would have been more satisfied. Consider how social needs exist for people. This includes the need to be loved or a sense of belonging needs to be developed.
The people who visit a space need to feel welcome for them to continue to feel like they belong in the spaces. Fourth level is the sense where the individual needs to feel respected. Imbalances in these issues lead the people to result in low self-esteem and inferiority. As a tour guide, it was felt that whenever the visitors spoke in a disparaging tone to me, I could feel a deep sense of inferiority. We were expected to socialize just enough to get the job done. Hence, it felt too artificial for me. This sense of made up values in the workplace destroyed any appreciation of self-actualization that I would feel entitled in the future. However, the tool was useful to understand how my motivation lay within some defined needs.