Want Employees To Work Harder? Buy Them Pizza.

If you’re still wondering how pizza can motivate workers, go ask Leicester City’s manager and he’ll explain this was one reason his team was crowned English Premier League champions for the 2015/16 season. “Hard work for slices of pizza” is a secret that most employers know but won’t ever share.

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Pizza has been proven to be the best motivational tool, and the second best is a hearty compliment from bosses.

We all like pizza. Yeah!

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According to a recent study, “employees who were promised free pizza vouchers  worked harder than if they were to receive cash bonuses”.

Dan Ariely [a Psychology professor at Duke University] writes about his findings in his newly published book entitled “Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations”. The research was conducted at an Israeli factory.

A selected group of workers were sent messages informing them that there’ll be a special prize for grabs once they complete some specified tasks.

The second group of workers were told that they’ll receive $30 upon accomplishing a certain task, while the last group had only a promise of free pizza vouchers.

According to the result, the pizza group dominated the experiment, with an astounding 6.7 percent increase in output compared with the bonus group’s 4.9 per cent productivity. After a few weeks, the “Well done!” text team finished with 6.6 percent increase, beating the fourth group, the New York Magazine reported.

As the survey shows, appreciating workers is the key to better performance at work.

Compensations and gifts might be appreciated but they’re only a second option for every employee.

Rihanna agrees with this, too. During her “Anti” tour in Manchester U.K. last June, the singer thought it necessary and wise to buy pizza for a large number of rain-soaked fans who waited for her delayed show.

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After waiting for @rihanna all day. She sent pizza for us…unfortunately for the others, Aron doesn’t share food…

Reports confirm Riri bought 20 packets of sliced pizza, some of which were even signed by the Barbadian singer.

Image shows fans enjoying pizza at Rihanna’s show in Manchester U.K.

“Extrinsic motivators can stop having much meaning—your raise in pay feels like your just due, your bonus gets spent, your new title doesn’t sound so important once you have it,” Adam Grant, a psychology professor, told The Wall Street Journal last year.

“But the sense that other people appreciate what you do sticks with you,” he added.

Professor Dan concludes the employers should give the workers what they want, and what they want is compliments and pizza.