Dunno who’s wierder – the business psychologist who persuaded staff at a design and marketing company in Britain to spend a day working together naked to raise their morale. Or the bloody staff who took the advice.
According to The Telegraph –
David Taylor, a business psychologist, told workers at design and marketing onebestway, in Newcastle upon Tyne, that a Naked Friday idea would boost their team spirit.
He was called in to help the firm after six staff members were forced into taking redundancies at the start of the credit crunch.
So this Taylor bloke tells the staff that, by stripping off their clothes, they could also strip away inhibitions and talk to each other more openly and honestly.
He said: “Inviting an organisation to go naked is the most extreme technique I’ve used. It may seem weird but it works. It’s the ultimate expression of trust in yourself and each other.”
There was some initial reluctance, but nearly all the staff took off all their clothes – except, we are told, for a feller who wore a posing pouch, and one of two female workers, who kept on black 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.
“We weren’t put under pressure. If we wanted to come in clothed or in our underwear, we could. But I love my body and wasn’t ashamed.
“We’re all beautiful, whether we’ve got big bodies or small ones.”
Miss Jackson, who suffers from cerebral palsy, said: “It took a week of David being in the office for us to build up courage. The first few steps were very nerve-racking but, once I got to my desk and got used to it, I felt totally comfortable.
“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.”
The experiment in April was filmed for a one-off TV show.
We Nats don’t need to lift our morale at the moment.
But Labour could do with a boost. Getting their gear off at caucus meetings might be a good start, although it won’t necessarily expose the naked ambitions of those who aspire to topple Goff.