If you’re looking a little more motivation in the workplace this week, just flick your boss a message with this sentiment: Send me pizza. I’ll work harder.
Sound silly? Well, consider this.
In a study published in Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations by psychologist Dan Ariely, researchers sought to uncover exactly what it is that motivates workers the most.
As per The Cut, they approached some employees at an Intel semiconductor factory in Israel to be part of the experiment. Prior to a day of working, some employees were sent a message with a promise of a bonus at the end of the day if they got all their work done. A quarter were promised a bonus of about $38, another quarter were offered a pizza, another quarter were offered the promise a compliment from their boss and the last group offered nothing. They were the control group.
And this, friends, is where it gets interesting.