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The Best Motivational Tool Is, Free Pizza?

A researcher at Duke University wanted to find out what would motivate people to work harder, a small bonus, props from their boss, or free pizza.  And PIZZA did surprisingly well.

 

 

He did the study at a factory in Israel that makes computer chips, and sent three emails to three different groups of workers every day for a week.

 

 

One said they’d get free pizza if they met a certain goal by the end of the day, another said they’d get a compliment from their boss, and the third one said they’d get a $30 bonus.

 

 

And on day one, the employees who got pizza did more work than ANYONE.  It increased productivity by 6.7%, just edging out a compliment from the boss at 6.6%.

 

 

For some reason, a $30 bonus actually made people do LESS work.  They were about 5% more productive on the first day, but did 13% less work than normal on day two, and 6.5% less over the course of the week.

 

 

A compliment from the boss ended up having the biggest impact over the course of the entire week, and pizza was a close second.  But that might be because we just don’t want pizza five days in a row.

 

 

This story was originally reported by The New York Magazine

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