Show me the dough – Study finds employees more motivated by pizza than cash


According to a recent study, employees who were promised free pizza vouchers worked harder than those who were promised cash bonuses.

In his new book, Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivation, Duke University professor, Dan Ariely sent a select group of employees a message informing them there’d be a special prize awaiting them if they completed a certain project on time.

One group was told they would receive $30 for its efforts, while another group was offered free pizza.

According to the results of the study, the pizza group dominated the experiment with an astounding 6.7 percent increase in output compared with the bonus group (4.9 percent increase in productivity.)

What kind of dough would you rather have Duluthians? Let us know in the comments below and you could win a free pizza courtesy of our friends at Sammy’s Pizza!

That’s right. Free pizza. Let us know: what motivates you in the workplace?