This article originally appeared on VICE ES.
If you're lacking the will to drag yourself into work in the morning or can't stop from falling asleep on your keyboard come mid-afternoon, science may have the answer. According to a new study, pizza could be the key to getting your ass in gear and increasing productivity in the workplace.
Forget the proverbial carrot on a stick, a study from psychologist Dan Ariely's new book Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations suggests that the promise of a slice of crisp dough laden with gooey, oozy cheese is the thing that'll get you burning through your inbox and striking through the to-do list.
The prospect of pie was a winner from the start.
Compared with the control group, the number of computer chips produced by the pizza group after the first day of the experiment increased by 6.7 percent. However, the workers were also suckers for flattery: the complimentary text message group came in a close second with an increase of 6.6 percent. The cash bonus group, however, lagged behind with an increase of only 4.9 percent.
Over the course of the week, while the cash incentive gradually decreased productivity by 6.5 percent, pizza and compliments made workers stay above the productivity baseline set by the control group.
As for the rest of us, we can keep hoping the next thing the boss drops on our desk is a takeaway box and not another pile of filing.