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How to Motivate Your Employees: Give Them Compliments and Pizza

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016

 

While a pay raise does motivate people, the power of pizza and compliments cannot be denied.  Four groups of employees were given varying promises of rewards:  pizza, a compliment, or a small cash incentive based on performance on a given week.  And the results are fascinating:

After the first day, pizza proved to be the top motivator, increasing productivity by 6.7 percent over the control group, thereby just barely edging out the promise of a compliment (in the form of a text message from the boss that said “Well done!”). Those in the compliment condition increased their productivity by 6.6 percent as compared to the control group. But the worst motivator, much to the company’s surprise, was the cash bonus, which increased productivity by just 4.9 percent as compared to the control group.

Bosses out there take note!

 

Photo credit to Tim Hawley/Getty Images.

via http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/08/how-to-motivate-employees-give-them-compliments-and-pizza.html

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