Free Pizza Is Officially The Best Way For Bosses To Motivate Staff

Forget cash, people should start paying their staff in 12" pepperonis.

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They say money makes the world go round, but it’s now been revealed that free pizza might be an even bigger motivation for workers than cold hard cash.

A study has found that bosses can use the promise of pizza to boost their staff’s productivity more effectively than if they promised extra money.

Psychologist Dan Ariely made the claims in his new book Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations.

He conducted a study in which participants were sent one of three messages at the beginning of the week.

One promised pizza, one promised a cash bonus, and one promised compliments from the boss if they performed well during the week. There was also a control group – used to measure the productivity baseline – who received no message.

A big old Domino's PizzaWhile you might expect money to be the biggest motivation, the study actually found that the group promised pizza performed the strongest. The cash group actually performed 13.2% worse than the control group.

So there you have it – if you want something done well, bribe someone to do it for you with pizza.

Meanwhile, in bizarre news, it’s been revealed that people are turning to food porn than ever before, after Pornhub highlighted a major surge in the number of people searching for “pizza porn.”

We bet no-one’s searching for KFC’s barbaric new chicken/pizza hybrid on there though…

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Loaded staff writer Harry Fletcher has covered news, sport and entertainment for several major websites across the UK. Follow him on Twitter at @Harry__Fletcher.