Feng shui, translated as “wind and water” stems from the ancient art of geomancy, the art of placing or arranging buildings or other sites auspiciously and connecting to the energy of the earth.
Before you dismiss it as weirdly new-age, the art of feng shui is an ancient and serious business and can help you create a vibrant and successful energy in any office space, making employees feel inspired and productive.
One school of feng shui concentrates on placing a building in an environment in relation to the mountains, sea and sky. Another school examines the influence of shape within the build and natural environment.
Most feng shui practitioners combine approaches when examining the design and placement of buildings and objects to ensure they are created in an auspicious and harmonious way.
The most important things you need to know about office feng shui are –
Clear clutter and organise the space because clutter has a profound impact on emotional, mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Clearing clutter brings in vital energy that will help with mental clarity, focus and inspiration. It also increases effectiveness, efficiency and productivity; and enhances discipline, creativity and success.
Place your desk in the power position. The person seated farthest from the entrance will have the most power. If you sit too close to the door, you will be distracted by daily/petty details. If you sit with your back to the door, you will suffer inauspiciously to office politics, backstabbing, etc.
If you have to share your office space with another, you should try to avoid sitting back to back. It is also best to avoid sitting face to face. Both positions tend to create conflict. If you can’t avoid sitting face to face, then stagger the desks or create a small barrier with a plant, low partition or other object.
In a feng shui office you want to surround yourself with images and objects that keep you inspired, creative and productive. Add flowers, art and beautiful window treatments. Hang pictures, mottos and images that symbolize what you want to accomplish. Choose furniture and accessories that speak to you of prosperity, abundance and success.
You can use your feng shui office as a template for what you want to create in your life and it will foster and support personal growth and success.
As we’ve mentioned in a previous blog, colour has a remarkable impact on psychological and physical well-being. Appropriate feng shui colours are soft yellow, sandstone, pale gold, pale orange, pale green, and blue-green. Adding white will increase clarity and mental focus; and browns and earth tones will ground and stabilize the office.
Balance and harmonise the space. Feng shui elements represent the natural elements of wood, earth, metal, fire and water. It is important that all five elements are represented in your environment. Even more important is that the elements are in balance. For example, a bright office (the fire element) with an abundance of light colours including metal filing cabinets, computers, etc. (the metal element) should therefore bring in the other elements like plants for the wood element (and improved air quality) and some earthy colours for the earth element, and an aquarium for the water element.
Stress relievers can be as simple as allowing an unimpeded outside view for staff, furniture with rounded corners or avoiding harsh lighting help to keep fatigue and irritability down. Other stress relievers that can be incorporated are music or running water.
It’s worth being aware that engineers, architects, property developers, real estate agents and big business the world over take feng shui in the office very seriously. Hong Kong, for example, has naturally good feng shui. It faces the water and is protected by mountains behind and across from it. Legend holds that dragons live in the mountains and hold positive and powerful energy. This energy blows through Hong Kong daily as the dragons make their way from the mountains to the sea to drink and bathe.
However, as Hong Kong expands, builders and architects create massive structures that potentially “block” the dragons’ passage from the hills to the sea, creating bad feng shui and blocking the natural air flow through the city. Thus, architects plan housing and office complexes with “gates” or “windows” allowing dragons to pass through the city unimpeded on their way to the sea.
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