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.

Comments (103)

  1. Posted by NakedShort | May 21, 2010 at 2:18 PM

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

  2. Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Is this policy being implemented at Dealbreaker Global HQ?

  3. Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    no, no, yes, no, no, apples

  4. Posted by Guest | May 21, 2010 at 2:26 PM

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

  5. Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2010 at 2:27 PM

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

  6. Posted by Vikram Pandit | May 21, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    If you need my sperm, it’s in the top left corner of the ice box, next to the Breyers and off-the-cob corn.

  7. Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    @2: God I hope so

    ~Caleb Newquist

  8. Posted by Meredith Whitney's Black Leather Glove | May 21, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Yes, yes, no, no, yes, apples.

  9. Posted by CoveredLong | May 21, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    @6 – WAS in the top left corner!

    -Ping

  10. Posted by CoveredLong | May 21, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Brings a whole new meaning to breast practices.

  11. Posted by Anal_yst | May 21, 2010 at 2:35 PM

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

  12. Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Grr now I have to get circumsized.

    -Fake Jew at GSAM

  13. Posted by guest | May 21, 2010 at 2:37 PM

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

  14. Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2010 at 2:40 PM

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

  15. Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    haha @14!

  16. Posted by Tobias | May 21, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Vikram?? you too??

  17. Posted by guest | May 21, 2010 at 2:47 PM

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

  18. Posted by Canadian Banker | May 21, 2010 at 2:49 PM

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

  19. Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    Bess, how comfortable are you with your body?

  20. Posted by NakedShort | May 21, 2010 at 2:57 PM

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

  21. Posted by Lloyd "Six Shooter" Blanks | May 21, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    I’ve put drapes over each mirror! I’m ashamed! It’s fucking shiva 24/7! DON’T SHOW ME! I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT! I DON’T WANT TO SEE IT! I DON’T NEED TO BELIEVE IT!

  22. Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Bess are you hiring?

  23. Posted by Anon | May 21, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Excuse me, do these effectively hide my thunder?

    -Tobias Funke, A-nal-Rap-ist

  24. Posted by jj | May 21, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    I would need a barfbag all day long

  25. Posted by PermaGuest | May 21, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    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.

  26. Posted by Special Princess | May 21, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    They should implement this at CNBC….

  27. Posted by Perkins Maxwell | May 21, 2010 at 3:48 PM

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

  28. Posted by anon | May 21, 2010 at 4:06 PM

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

  29. Posted by guest | May 21, 2010 at 4:07 PM

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

  30. Posted by get help fast | May 21, 2010 at 4:12 PM

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

  31. Posted by Tax Chick | May 21, 2010 at 4:13 PM

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

    The horror, the horror!

  32. Posted by Perkins Maxwell | May 21, 2010 at 4:21 PM

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

  33. Posted by get help fast | May 21, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    @32 ew….thanks

  34. Posted by Bess Levin | May 21, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    @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.

  35. Posted by guest | May 21, 2010 at 5:04 PM

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

  36. Posted by get help fast | May 21, 2010 at 5:24 PM

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

  37. Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2010 at 11:14 PM

    @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

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