In these difficult times, employers have adopted all kinds of ways to boost employee morale, but we think most people would agree that “naked Fridays” is some risky business.
But, a “naked Friday” is just what a business psychologist recommended to a design and marketing firm in Newcastle, England, the Telegraph reports. The firm had just gone through a round of layoffs (known as redundancies in the United Kingdom) and was looking for a way to boost morale among the remaining employees. In walked David Taylor.
"Inviting an organization to go naked is the most extreme technique I've used,” Taylor tells the Telegraph. “It may seem weird but it works. It's the ultimate expression of trust in yourself and each other."
We don't know about you, but if a consultant came into our workplace and recommended that we have a naked day at the office, we would probably have a good laugh, ask him who put him up to this practical joke, and obviously ignore his suggestion (unless we somehow thought that in these difficult times what we really need is a harassment lawsuit).
At the design and marketing firm, though, all but two of the employees worked in the buff. The other two employees (one man and one woman) wore underwear instead, the newspaper reports.
"It was brilliant,” the only female employee to work fully naked tells the newspaper. “Now that we've seen each other naked, there are no barriers. We weren't put under pressure. If we wanted to come in clothed or in our underwear, we could.”
As the newspaper notes, the experiment was filmed for a TV show. So, maybe it served as both a marketing tool and a morale-boosting tool for the firm.