A little recognition

Can pizza make a work place more productive? Ravindranath K / The National
Can pizza make a work place more productive? Ravindranath K / The National

The best way to improve productivity and reward hard work at the office is a pay rise, right? Perhaps not, according to a new book by psychologist Dan Ariely. After conducting experiments in which employers rewarded office productivity with a modest financial bonus, free pizza and a personal text message from the boss, Ariely found that workers were most productive when they were promised a personal message. Pizza was the second most powerful motivator.

A large financial bonus would have tipped the scales but the study does demonstrate our desire for acknowledgement in professional pursuits. This phenomenon is not confined to the office. A simple appreciative message to a friend or loved one can make a big change. With our shared desire for advancement at work, perhaps we should take time to think about personal satisfaction and appreciation instead of mere financial gain. Would you prefer pizza with colleagues at the end of the week?

Published: September 4, 2016 04:00 AM

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