Many cubicle hounds wish they could work in a more open office environment. You can't get much more open than the office environment at Nude House, an alleged Web software developer in Buckinghamshire, England. If stories currently circulating the Web are to be believed, the company is looking for female coders and salespeople of any gender who are willing to work in a completely naked office setting. That's right, not even shoes are allowed.
Now, we're almost willing to bet our skivvies this will turn out to be some sort of viral Internet spoof. If it doesn't, just think of the weight basic office decisions would take on. Aeron chair? No way; that mesh material will leave marks. Hot coffee in the break room? Maybe something room temperature would be safer. Best to keep that stapler at a distance, too.
With a name like Nude House, you might be expecting something titillating like an adult Web content or online strip poker. The company's main product--again, if Nude House doesn't exist just to test the gullibility of the Web-going public--is actually a somewhat old-fashioned technology called "Move Your Mouse" that enables text and additional images to pop up when a mouse is waved over an online picture.
Nude House founder Chris Taylor says he has been a naturist for about three years. As the name implies, naturists prefer to be naked outside. You can imagine that might be difficult in England's rainy climate, especially when lots of sensitive computer and electrical equipment is required to do the job.
According to Nude House, the office will feature warm temperatures, showers, and a collection hamper for soiled sitting material. I'll bet Microsoft never has to deal with soiled sitting material.
With April Fools' Day so recently upon us, I had to check in directly with Nude House over e-mail. "Yes," he insisted, "it is for real." The Nude House Web site looks like it was designed in 1996 by a middle-schooler with a basic HTML manual, so you can see where my skepticism comes from. The photo of a massive CRT monitor and naked salesgirls doesn't exactly project professionalism either.… Read more