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Will Having One Designated Naked Day At The Office Help Productivity?

One expert who’s consulted for HSBC and IBM feels day sans clothes is the way to go, noting that “if you get such a huge fear/inhibition out of the way, it will make your team stronger. More open. More honest.” And when one firm in London actually gave it a test drive last year, the reviews were pretty solid.

“It was brilliant. Now that we’ve seen each other naked, there are no barriers,” said the one female employee who went Full Monty told CNBC. “It was emotional but we found we were much more able to talk to each other honestly — and have been since. The company has improved massively.”

To be sure, there will be a lot of push-back on this idea, and a variety of different objections for why it should not be adopted. Vikram Pandit is a Never Nude. The residents of Goldman Sachs are ashamed of their bodies. Many SAC employees appreciate the idea in theory, but agree they like to “leave something to the imagination.” On the flip side you have places like Berkshire Hathaway which has been unofficially implemented this thing years ago, and they’ve done pretty okay for themselves. So maybe just give it a shot. You might love it. Never know until you try.

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103 Responses to “Will Having One Designated Naked Day At The Office Help Productivity?”

  1. NakedShort says:

    I have no problem with this so long as the office thermostat is set to at least 82 degrees.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Is this policy being implemented at Dealbreaker Global HQ?

  3. Anonymous says:

    no, no, yes, no, no, apples

  4. Guest says:

    I was in the poooool…. I was in the pooooooollllll!!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    @3, maybe I’m stating the obvious, but I take it apples=yes?

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    @2: God I hope so

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  8. CoveredLong says:

    @6 – WAS in the top left corner!

    -Ping

  9. CoveredLong says:

    Brings a whole new meaning to breast practices.

  10. Anal_yst says:

    Can’t log-in for some reason(s) but just looking around the office, the answers are 80% “no”

  11. Anonymous says:

    Grr now I have to get circumsized.

    -Fake Jew at GSAM

  12. guest says:

    @1/NS The naked M-I-L bit doesn’t put you off at all?

  13. Anonymous says:

    This would turn the whole place upside down. People will find out the real BSDs are in the mailroom.

  14. Anonymous says:

    haha @14!

  15. Tobias says:

    Vikram?? you too??

  16. guest says:

    Stuff like this happens at D. E. Shaw all the time. It’s no big deal

  17. Canadian Banker says:

    Given I’m the youngest one on my team by 10 years I will say doubtful it will help productivity or indigestion.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Bess, how comfortable are you with your body?

  19. NakedShort says:

    @13 good point. I guess I was visualizing a life/career that didn’t slow closely resemble hell when I posted that comment.

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  21. Anonymous says:

    Bess are you hiring?

  22. Anon says:

    Excuse me, do these effectively hide my thunder?

    -Tobias Funke, A-nal-Rap-ist

  23. jj says:

    I would need a barfbag all day long

  24. PermaGuest says:

    The thought of spending 11 hours sitting naked on a Herman Miller Aeron chair is not particularly pleasant… not to mention the fact that there is not a single person in my office who I have the slightest desire to see in the buff.

  25. Special Princess says:

    They should implement this at CNBC….

  26. Perkins Maxwell says:

    Vikram IS a Never-Nude: the Tobias Funke of Finance.

  27. anon says:

    My trader said Amanda was wearing white today. Did anyone notice?

  28. guest says:

    Forget Naked Shorts. Naked Politics Are Wall Street’s Enemy No. 1.

  29. get help fast says:

    Bess, I dont get the Berkshire reference….the “absurdity of seeing Warren naked?”

  30. Tax Chick says:

    So don’t need confirmation of the dickie-do.

    The horror, the horror!

  31. Perkins Maxwell says:

    @30: haven’t noticed that Warren is a hopeless horndog?

  32. get help fast says:

    @32 ew….thanks

  33. Bess Levin says:

    @30 it’s pretty widely known that WB makes random sex references/analogies in almost all his interviews and in every annual letter to shareholders. the assumption his office is a regular russ meyer’s set is only logical.

  34. guest says:

    @20/NS Great humor only comes from great suffering. Just sayin’.
    -13, off to drink this hi-larious week out of my memory

  35. get help fast says:

    Bess, thanks. I am getting old though I do recall Russ Meyer and his theme(s)…always plural and plump as it were.

  36. Anonymous says:

    @26 I just threw up a little bit in my mouth at the thought of seeing the fat CNBC ‘ho’s naked. I can think of nothing less appetizing than Maria B’s liquid ass spilling over her chair or Michelle Cabrera Caracas and Trish Reagan’s stomachs muffin-topping over the anchor desk. But bring the idea to Fox Business and now you’re talking. Sandra, Liz, and company can stop by my desk in the buff any time

  37. mookmerkin says:

    No thanks, I don’t want to borrow your chair. Really.

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