Magazine article USA TODAY

Motivate Employees with Pizza, Not Money

Magazine article USA TODAY

Motivate Employees with Pizza, Not Money

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Employees are more likely to be motivated by a slice of pizza as opposed to a bonus. Researchers found that employees who received a slice at the start of the week proved to be 6.7% more productive during the days following, as opposed to those employees who received the promise of a monetary bonus. (These employees were 4.9% more productive.)

"Ifs tempting to assume that these employees just really loved pizza. After all, who doesn't love a slice of cheesy goodness?" says Krister Ungerboeck, chief executive officer of CEO Growth, St. Louis, Mo. "However, I think the employees' increased motivation comes from a much more profound source: they felt nourished by their employer, inside and out. Whether it was on a conscious or subconscious level, these workers felt their needs validated and their humanity recognized.

"It's easy to think that your boss just sees you as a part of the machinery. Little gestures, such as providing a slice of pizza, help an employee to feel seen, humanized, and valuable. …

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