Is it trash TV? Or does “Naked Office” have a more serious message? To improve work performance, a business team carries out a series of exercises together culminating in appearing “in the buff” together, in some measure, by the end of a week.
In the real world, even in so-called liberated 21st century, nudity at work would be unacceptable to most of us.
But removing our barriers to relating to our work-place colleagues is a valuable exercise. Sometimes we hide behind suits and power-dressing.
A skilled facilitator can help improve communication with the real us. Once we allow our pretences to slip away we may be surprised to discover we actually prefer who we really are. Our colleagues may agree.
Facilitation, where the boss gets to find out what her charges actually think (about her) can be very valuable, if a little alarming. Insight is the key to change. Insight can take time.
In my opinion the rush to nudity is a clumsy device to cut down the time it takes. Having said that it seems to work, on TV at least.
In my experience people are much more effective without masks; easier to relate to, and more at ease with themselves. It is our non-physical masks, our metaphorical excess clothing and baggage, which are more difficult to remove.