Is it possible that the consultants had it backwards and that undressing is the way to increase workplace productivity?
That's the premise of "The Naked Office," a new British reality series that debuted May 18 on the Virgin1 network. Each episode of the six-part series follows Seven Suphi, a behavioral change specialist and leadership guru, as she goes to various businesses and helps them work on issues plaguing the companies.
Each episode takes place over a weeklong period and follows the workers personally and professionally until the big day, "Naked Friday," where they all let it hang out -- literally.
The businesses featured on the show include an organic fruit and vegetable delivery company, an online beauty booking business and a construction recruitment agency.
Trust is crucial in any relationship, and Suphi figures getting down to the bare essentials can only help the workers.
"For most people in the U.K., going to work in the nude is a very daunting prospect, and I believe this extreme process will help them push their boundaries and become a close team that trusts each other enough to get naked together," she said.
It sounds like the makings of a big prank, but Virgin1 spokeswoman Jakki Lewis insists it's all on the up-and-up.
"This show is not a prank at all," she insisted. "It is a social experiment Virgin1 underwent to try and promote good business practice to struggling firms who had various managerial and staff issues."
To expose the show to potential viewers, Virgin1 put the word out through an unusual publicity stunt: hiring models to ride the London Underground clad in high heels or loafers and nothing else, save for a strategically placed handbag or briefcase.
Currently, there are no plans to bring the show to the U.S., but it could happen if the show becomes a hit.
Meanwhile, the concept of workplace nudity gets a thumbs-up from Carolyn Hawkins, the PR person for the American Association of Nude Recreation in Kissimmee, Fla.
She believes workplace nudity can improve productivity and points to her grandson, who says he's most comfortable studying for exams while sitting naked under a tree near a lake.
Hawkins says nudity is common at her workplace and allows people to be more comfortable and experience less stress.
"Clothes restrict -- and that includes ideas," she said.
Still, there are some caveats. Hawkins doesn't think workplace nudity would be good for people who work as, say, welders.
"I believe in nudity when appropriate," she said. "I do recommend it, provided it's done where the general public can't come in."