Foodies, take note: Having pizza at work can make you more productive
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Foodies, take note: Having pizza at work can make you more productive

A study finds that pizza can actually work better than cash or compliments in influencing office workers to be more productive.

more lifestyle Updated: Mar 26, 2018 13:45 IST
Asian News International
Researchers have found that cash, pizza and compliments motivate people differently. (Shutterstock)

If you are a die-hard fan of pizza, then there is good news for you. According to a study, pizza at work can boost productivity levels. A study led by American psychologist Dan Ariely, as part of his book Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations, showed that handing out pizza at work was more likely to incentivise office workers than a cash bonus, The Independent reported.

The study was conducted at a semiconductor factory at Intel in Israel. Ariely sent three different ‘promotional messages’ to workers in a bid to motivate them to get the most work done. In the series of messages, the first offered them a cash bonus worth USD 30, while the second said their boss would compliment them and the third promised a voucher for free pizza.

Within a day, the free pizza proved to be the most motivating message, with productivity levels showing an increase by 6.7%. The compliment message proved as another motivating booster for the workers, increasing productivity by 6.6%.

Interestingly, the cash bonus motivated workers by just 4.9%. In fact, after two days those who received the money offer were 13.2% less productive in the office. By the end of the week, Ariely noticed that productivity levels for the cash bonus category had dropped by 6.5% in total. As productivity levelled out over the course of the week, it turned out that compliments were actually marginally more motivating than the free pizza message overall.

So, if you want to motivate your friend/colleague to work harder, try swapping some cash for pizza and compliments instead.

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First Published: Mar 26, 2018 12:04 IST