Feng Shui For Your Office
As our working landscape grows more conscious of wellbeing, our mental, emotional and physical feelings in the workplace really start to matter. While the right chair and hourly movement reminders focus on physical health, our stress levels also need to be addressed.
Though we can’t always lessen our workload voluntarily, we can create environments that we feel comfortable working in. The ancient art of Feng Shui has always guided those wanting to harmonise their spaces in the right direction.
Feng Shui appropriately translates to “wind” and “water,” as it has everything to do with the flow of energy. From where you place objects such as furniture and mirrors, to the colours and decorations you use, Feng Shui is a framework for creating stress-free zones.
Think of it as setting up your space for optimal comfort and success. After all, no one really expects you to tuck yourself in between file boxes, stacks of paper and office supplies for 8 hours each day and be happy about it.
This hallmark of every peaceful space is, of course, also essential in Feng Shui. From this zen perspective, clutter blocks and traps energy flow. Your desk is a great place to start minimising it. Make a habit of putting things away, organising and maximising your productive space.
But it doesn’t just stop at your desk--take a look around your own office, or even the office at large. Are there things that might be obstructing easy entry for your clients? Is the lunch room inviting, or crowded with neglected magazines and dated mugs?
The Bagua in Feng Shui is a grid that aligns the different areas of your life to the different energy centres of your space. One self-proclaimed Feng Shui expert has an interesting take about how this chart can apply to the office.
One recommendation is to place a vision board and marketing materials in the area of your space which is dedicated to productivity and creative expression. Another example would be placing plants and team photos in the area associated with business growth and structure.
Using colours to illicit different moods and motivations is common in Feng Shui. Using Fire element colours such as red, orange and purple is said to help support your efforts and bring recognition. If you can’t paint any walls, use art and photographs to help. Learn more about colour use in Feng Shui, here.
If you have a choice of where to place your desk, Feng Shui says that the best and most powerful position is one where you can see your office door but are not directly in line with it, and have a wall behind you.
While you should be drinking plenty of it throughout the day, there’s also no harm in keeping some soothing running water on your desk. If you have the space, grab a mini plug-in fountain for some chill background noise. It’s a staple in Feng Shui flow.
Even if you can only make small changes in your workspace (like working around less clutter) a little may just go a long way in making you feel more at home, at work.