Maslow Case Study
(due December 9, 2015)
Frank is a 42-year-old, married factory worker with two children. He lives in a small town in western
Pennsylvania that is located about an hour away from the nearest major city. The factory he works at
manufactures chairs. He has been working the graveyard shift (11 PM to 7 AM) for about six years now. The
hours are terrible, and he has never really gotten used to them. He tries to sleep when he gets home in the
early morning but finds it difficult because his children are getting ready for school at that time and his wife is
getting ready for work. Even if he waits to go to bed until everyone leaves the house, Frank still has trouble
sleeping in the daytime. He is tired all the time, but at least he gets some sleep on weekends, and the money
earned working the third shift is better than that for the first or second shift. Sometimes he thinks that if he
could just get enough sleep, he would be a truly happy man.
Between their two incomes, Frank and his wife have been able to support their family. They have been able to
buy a small house, there is always food on the table, and their children have decent clothes to wear. The
house, the clothes, and the food are not fancy but always adequate. That is, Frank and his wife have been able
to support their family until recently. Frank has just lost his job. Frank’s plant had been bought out by a rival
out-of-state company, and initially there seemed to be no change in the production schedule. Then one Friday,
Frank received a notice in his paycheck telling him that this was his last day of work and asking him to take all
his personal belongings with him. The factory was to be closed immediately because of the buyout. Frank was
devastated by the news, as were his co-workers.
The workers were also surprised by the news. It seemed as though the chair company had always been there,
and they thought it always would be. Their fathers had worked at, and retired from,...