It is universally known that pizza is one of the greatest foods ever.

So we guess we can’t be too surprised to learn that it can be used as a powerful incentive – even more powerful than money.



In an experiment documented in a book called Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations by Dan Ariely, the delicious guilty treat was found to be a better motivator than money or compliments from a superior.

According to New York mag, the experiment involved employees at an Intel factory in Israel who were given different offers of reward if they got through all their work for the day. They were offered a $30 cash bonus, a compliment from a boss, or a voucher for free pizza.

The most productivity came from the pizza incentive (obvs), with a 6.7 per cent jump. Next up was a nice message from a boss at 6.6 per cent and then money incentives at 4.9 per cent.

Now, let this be a lesson for all: pizza is power.