It might be time to dial the number of your local pizza restaurant, suggests a new study.
Dan Ariel, in his book Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations
, talks about how he conducted research involving workers at an Intel Factory in Israel.
The employees were sent one of three messages at the beginning of the week promising them a cash bonus (of about $30), a voucher for pizza or a text message from the boss (saying “Well Done!”).
A fourth group got no message and no offer to act as a control to measure the productivity levels.
After the first day of the study, pizza ended up being the strongest motivator of employees, as productivity levels had jumped by 6.7% more than those in the control group.
The promise of compliments saw productivity increase by 6.6% and the cash bonus caused productivity to go up by 4.9%.
Interestingly, over the course of the week compliments proved to be the biggest overall motivator and the cash bonus actually made workers 6.5% less productive than the control group.
According to the New York Magazine
, Ariely believes pizza would have come first if his original plan for it to be delivered to the workers’ homes had been followed through.
He said in the book: “This way […] we not only would give them a gift, but we would also make them heroes in the eyes of their families.”
Earlier this year, L&D Professional reported
that the two words ‘thank you’ have a significant impact on staff motivation, engagement and loyalty.
The report by Hays, Staff Engagement: Ideas for action
, found that 87% of employees would go above and beyond if they were made to feel valued by their employer.
Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand, said one of the great benefits of acknowledging performance is that it costs nothing.
“Letting your staff know that their hard work and successes are valued has a huge impact on staff engagement, loyalty and morale,” he said.
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