Manager Martin Connellan insisted that the doors be left open at the cobblers shop which he manages so that the solvent fumes could clear as they worked. A great idea in theory but it left the workers shivering from the cold as temperatures plunged to as low as -13ºC.
After the coats he grudgingly bought his workers to warm them up didn’t seem to work, he decided to take further action and booked them in for a session with hypnotherapist James Kerwin.
In just five minutes Kerwin had the workers stripping down to their shorts and T-Shirts exclaiming that they were now too hot!
Worker Adam Hood, 27, said: “I definitely feel much hotter than I was. All my life I’ve had cold hands and that’s gone now. It’s crazy how you can go from one extreme to the other like that.”
Manager Connellan, who runs the workshop in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, said: “The lads were all complaining because I like to keep the doors open. I bought them all jackets but they were still moaning so this was the last resort…I am a very sceptical person who didn’t think it would work – but soon they were complaining about how hot they were”.
Hypnotherapist Kerwin, who comes from Warwicks, said: “Its all about mind over matter. It’s a case of reprogramming people like you would a computer. You can retrain people into thinking differently about how they feel. It seems to have done the trick.”
The original article ‘Mean Boss Warms Up Workers By Hypnosis’ by Andrew Parker, can be found in the December 23rd 2010 edition of the Sun.