At last count, there are over 50 places that serve or sell pizza within a 30 mile radius of our radio station. That means we must LOVE our pizza right?
Actually, I think there is more to this. Rather than give the staff money for working harder, pizza may be the magic potion that we are all seeking. It looks like bosses here in the Mid-West have learned that it helps their staff become more productive.
I know, you are saying, “no way”. It’s pizza. Well, there is scientific proof from Esquire:
“Participants received one of three messages that promised them pizza, comliments, or a cash bonus if they assembled a certain amount of computer chips that day; there was also a group that received no message which served as the control.
The first day, pizza was the top motivator, increasing productivity by 6.7 percent over the control group; compliment was close behind at 6.6 percent, while the cash bonus (approximately $30) trailed considerably behind at 4.9 percent. It only got more interesting as the experiment continued; those who were promised a cash bonus performed 13.2 percent worse than those in the control group on the second day.”
Now, before you think that bosses will change our pay structure to include pizza in lieu of cold hard cash, I don’t think you have to worry too much. After all, a couple of $10-15 pizzas could add that much more productivity, why wouldn’t we work hard for pizza parties every week?
Heck, I know I would.