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Research Proves Pizza Is Highly Effective in Making Employees Productive at Work

Turns out pizza is an effective motivator.


Here’s another reason to love pizza more. In a study by psychologist Dan Ariely, published in his new book Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations, he proves that pizza can help make employees more productive at work. Pizza, early in the study, bested other motivators, like cash and a compliment from their boss.

For the research, Ariely took four groups of workers who assembled computer chips in a technology company in Israel. Each group was given a different motivator to hit their daily targets.

One group was promised pizza, while another was promised a cash bonus of $40.

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A third group of workers was promised a compliment from their boss via text, and the last group (the control group) was not promised anything. The groups of workers were monitored to see how they performed at work given their respective motivators.

Initially, the winning motivator was pizza.

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According to the study, the productivity of workers that were promised a slice of pizza increased by 6.7 percent in the first day.

This was an impressive results, as the food item did a lot better than the cash offer.

Compliments from the boss was the second most effective productivity motivator early in the experiment.

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The promise of compliments from their boss came at a very close second, and it helped increase the employees’ productivity by 6.6 percent.

The cash bonus group, however, was behind with an increase of only 4.9 percent. The cash offer did not seem enough to significantly raise their productivity.

By the end of the study, compliments from the boss won and pizza took second place among the different motivators.

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Over the course of the week, compliment as a reward was able to overtake pizza as the best motivator for the workers. The group of workers that was promised cold hard cash actually ended up 6.5 percent less productive than the control group.


Study Explains Why You Should Stop Taking Notes Using Your Laptop

The processing of information that happens when writing down notes can help with retention of information.

A new study published in Psychological Science shows that taking notes by hand, instead of typing them up in devices, may bring more benefits to learners. Pam A. Mueller of Princeton University and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of the University of California, Los Angeles conducted the study to see how these two methods differ and affect learning.

The two classified note-taking in two ways: generative and nongenerative. The former means "summarizing, paraphrasing, concept mapping," while the latter pertains to noting down something verbatim.

One of the hypotheses is that the process involved in taking notes helps improve learning and retention.

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40 Simple Yet Genius Ideas That Make Life a Little Bit Easier

These ideas are borderline genius!

It is true that the world is packed with people gifted with brilliant minds. Otherwise, we would not have the chance to explore the moon and Mars. While some individuals focus on advancing science and technology, there are those who develop ideas for everyday life. Their minds are just as worthy as the ones who thought of sending a package to deal flat-earth thinkers.

From clever pill bottles to witty street lights, these simple solutions prove to be a product of a brilliant mind. Elite Readers has a compiled a list of these things for your enjoyment. Check them out below and let us know which ones are your favorites!

#1. Wash your hands and reuse the water for your next flush... because why not?

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Cassava, A Miracle Crop With A Potentially Deadly Secret

Often called the miracle crop, Cassava has several health benefits but it has a deadly secret.

Cassava, also known as tapioca or yuca, is a popular food source in many tropical regions particularly in Asia, Africa and South America. In many developing nations, it's a major source of carbohydrates and half a billion people depend on it because it’s plentiful and inexpensive. Growing cassava is fairly easy as it can thrive on less fertile soil and it is one of the most drought-tolerant crops in the world. No wonder it was considered a "miracle crop" by poor and drought-stricken nations.

Cassava is rich in minerals like manganese, iron, potassum, calcium and phosphorus needed for proper growth, development and function of the bodily tissues. It's an excellent source of carbohydrates for energy and fiber to help with constipation. Cassava flour also happens to be a great substitute for those who are allergic to gluten.

It may not yet be a staple in western kitchens but it offers numerous nutritional benefits. One cup of boiled cassava contains 330 calories, 78 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of protein and 4 grams each of fiber and sugar.

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