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Science Says Pizza Can Make You More Productive At Work

We’re not often short on excuses to eat pizza (it’s delicious, we’re hungry, etc) but here’s another – research says it can make you more productive at work. We’re sure you’re already showing your boss this article and asking for a slice of pepperoni, but here’s the fine print. The finding was made in a […]

We’re not often short on excuses to eat pizza (it’s delicious, we’re hungry, etc) but here’s another – research says it can make you more productive at work.

We’re sure you’re already showing your boss this article and asking for a slice of pepperoni, but here’s the fine print.

The finding was made in a new study by psychologist Dan Ariely, published in his new book Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our MotivationsHis research took four groups of workers and gave them each a different motivator to hit their daily KPI. One group was promised $40, one group was promised pizza, one group was promised a compliment from their boss via text and one control group was promised nada.

Initially, the winner was pizza. The productivity of the employees promised a slice of the good stuff increased by 6.7 per cent in the first day, compared to the control group. Less delicious, but equally enjoyable, compliments came in a close second with a 6.6 per cent increase.

In Ariely’s study, complements won out in the end, with pizza as a close second. Surprisingly the group promised cold hard cash wound up 6.5 per cent LESS productive than the control group.

This article originally appeared on Women’s Health

By Mens Health Staff

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