Pizza Boosts Productivity?

The promise of pizza might be what you need to get through your work day

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pizza (Image: iStock.com/Denisk999)

After reading the results from a recent study, you may want to make pizza the go-to snack, when you’re caught in the midst of a deadline crunch. It turns out a slice might be the necessary link to boosting worker productivity.

The results of a study in psychologist Dan Ariely’s new book, Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivationsfound the promise of a slice of pizza could be the most effective driver for employees.

In the study, participants were sent one of three messages at the beginning of the week that promised: pizza, a cash bonus, or compliments from the boss in the form of a text message. A control group—the productivity baseline—received no messages at all. Experts expected money might be the best motivator for participants, but pizza and compliments kept employees above the productivity baseline set by the control group. In fact, those promised the cash bonus performed 13.2% worse than those in the control group on the second day.

Certainly, fair pay and a living wage are important, but pizza is what you need to power through the work.

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