For most of us trying to get through a long day at the office, drinking umpteen cups of coffee is considered a great way to remain alert and active and get all our work done. Others choose to nibble on chocolate or sweets for a little energy boost before the clock hits five.

But according to a new study from psychologist Dan Ariely’s book ‘Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations’ the lure of a slice of cheesy crispy pizza is the best incentive to make employee’s answer all those emails or file those files.

As an experiment, Ariely organised for factory workers to be offered the choice of pizza, money (around $AU50) or compliments from the boss if they were able to increase productivity, while some workers weren’t given any incentive to work harder at all. 

Over the course of a week the cash incentive actually dropped in popularity by 6.7% while complementary emails from the boss and free pizza saw an increase in productivity by over 6%

So, if the boss is reading this, feel free to tell me how great I’m going while you drop off a meat lovers supreme on my desk!




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