Forget Casual Fridays – How About Naked Fridays?

July 2, 2009 ( - It's been said that Europeans are more open with their nakedness than those of us in the U.S., but…

Staff at a design and marketing company in Newcastle spent a day working together naked after being told it would improve their morale.

The Telegraph reports that David Taylor, a business psychologist, told workers at onebestway, in Newcastle upon Tyne, that a Naked Friday would boost their team spirit. He was called in to help the firm after the layoff of six staff members at the start of the credit crunch.

Despite some initial reluctance (initial?), nearly all the staff took off all their clothes – except for one man, who wore a posing pouch (is that what they call it?), and one of two female workers, who kept on black underwear, the news report said.

House manager, Sam Jackson, 23, the woman who went fully naked said: “It was brilliant. Now that we’ve seen each other naked, there are no barriers.”

She added: “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 TV show, Naked Office , to be screened on July 9 on Britain cable channel Virgin 1.