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Staff Strip Naked to Improve Morale

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the make-me-a-copy dept.

Idle 19

A marketing company in Newcastle got rid of Hawaiian shirt Fridays and their pants while they were at it in an attempt to improve morale. Naked Friday was the brainchild of business psychologist, David Taylor. He convinced the folks at design and marketing onebestway that stripping off their pants would also strip away walls blocking good communication. Nearly everyone went the full monty at the office, with only one man and two women choosing to wear underwear. Sam Jackson, 23, the house manager, was the only woman to go fully naked. She said, "It was brilliant. Now that we've seen each other naked, there are no barriers."

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Uhh... (2, Insightful)

antdude (79039) | more than 4 years ago | (#28564813)

Is that a good idea for those with ugly bodies, especially from /.'ers? :P

Re:Uhh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28573909)

Or, to quote: "Oscar, close it. You look like the window to a butcher shop."

Re:Uhh... (1)

MikeS2k (589190) | more than 4 years ago | (#28582045)

Yes, I don't think my workplace would be too happy if those of us in the IT department were to disrobe :)

The only pink I would be seeing would be in my mailbox tray :(

Alright... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28567033)

Alright now, which one of you sat their sweaty ass in my chair...

"Everyone" and gender ratio (1)

KarlIsNotMyName (1529477) | more than 4 years ago | (#28569287)

"with only one man and two women choosing to wear underwear. Sam Jackson, 23, the house manager, was the only woman to go fully naked." So there were 3 women total, only one of which went "full monty"... And that "Nearly everyone went the full monty", means that the vast majority were men?

Re:"Everyone" and gender ratio (1)

DeadPixels (1391907) | more than 4 years ago | (#28577945)

From TFA:

nearly all the staff took off all their clothes â" except for one man, who wore a posing pouch, and one of two female workers, who kept on black underwear.

Sam Jackson went fully nude, while the other woman wore underwear.

Pics or... (1)

Fotograf (1515543) | more than 4 years ago | (#28569403)

it didnt happen...?

Re:Pics or... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28572437)

TFA: "The experiment in April was filmed for a one-off TV show, Naked Office, to be screened on July 9 on cable channel Virgin 1."

Been there, done that (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28572207)

At the Debian conference in Helsinki, we moved a few discussion groups into the sauna. It was highly productive, and the flame wars didn't restart for two weeks after the conference.

I love this! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28573091)

I wish it was common practice. Shame is, I'd probably be doing all the ladies instead of being productive after the initial akwardness of it all wears off.

To be followed by oral sex Friday... (4, Funny)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 4 years ago | (#28573215)

and then, of course, Friday, being the traditional casual day, someone will propose "casual sex Friday", which will even further reduce barriers to communication.

Fine with me, as long as it's not communication of disease!

AFAIK, oral "is" a barrier to communication (2, Funny)

cheros (223479) | more than 4 years ago | (#28585481)

I'm not quite sure how oral sex is performed in your corner of the world, but over here it would get in the way of communication.

And polite people don't talk with their mouth full.

In general this would get complex, with all the no smoking laws it would mean you'd have to provide nicotine patches for afterwards..

OK, OK, I'm going already :-)

Not my office/Baby Oil... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28577893)

God I hope they don't implement this here.

So, I don't want to mean, but there is a coworker here (who shared voluntarily) that she needs extra breaks, because apparently sometimes if you have very... 'large legs', they can chafe. So she says she has to go to the bathroom every hour or so and put baby oil between them to keep the lubricated.

Nice of her to share that, but I'm guessing she's not the only one in our office that performs this.

Poor janitors. (1)

herbert92x (1582673) | more than 4 years ago | (#28585781)

Won't someone please consider the poor cleaning crew that has to hose everything down after work? *shudder*

Ack! (1)

Spugglefink (1041680) | more than 4 years ago | (#28590851)

Wow. I've been stuck here for 15 minutes having horrible visions of my coworkers naked.

Must... make... it... stop...

Aiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!

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