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 Motivations. His 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.
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.