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.