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How to Create a Feng Shui Office Environment


Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice based on the ideology that our environment should mirror what is going on inside of us. At its core, the purpose of feng shui is to create the perfect harmony between yourself and your surroundings, so that one can feel relaxed and happy. Here we will provide you with advice on how to create a feng shui-inspired office environment in which your business can fully flourish.

Desk clutter

One of the most important steps to take in creating a feng shui work space is to ditch the clutter. A disorderly desk area has been linked to increased employee stress levels, a notion that is completely out-of-line with the feng shui philosophy. As such, consider introducing a ‘clear desk’ policy at your work place, which will encourage employees to keep their desks – and their minds – organised.

Good storage

It is not just personal desk space that should be kept tidy to create a pleasant atmosphere; this rule of thumb should apply office-wide. Investing in good office storage will not only help improve the workplace’s physical aesthetic, but it will also contribute to employee productivity. Office storage systems allow for the easy finding and ordering of documents, whilst making the office look less disorganised. Remember that according to feng shui, a chaotic office equals a chaotic mind!

Appropriate d├ęcor

In a feng shui office environment you will want to surround your employees with pictures and objects that inspire creativity, efficiency and general happiness. Studies have shown that plants can increase productivity, reduce stress and relax us, so try to purchase some lovely greenery to keep the positive energy flowing. Furthermore, avoid harsh office lighting at all costs and incorporate subtle colours that will not over-stimulate the mind.

Office furniture

We know now that feng shui means our environment corresponding to ourselves, so it is a good idea to choose office furniture and decorations which speak to you in terms of what you want for your business, such as prosperity and success. As such, choose office furniture which is long-lasting, durable and looks elegant. Furthermore, try to invest in furniture with rounded corners, since sharpness often equates to irritability and discomfort, according to the principles of feng shui.

The power position

In a feng shui office, the ‘power’, or ‘command’ position, is the best way to arrange your desk. According to this concept, you should be able to see the door and as much of the rest of the room as possible, putting you in the paramount position to deal with whatever comes at you.
The power position will obviously not be possible for every employee in a work environment, but for those in senior positions with their own office, try to design your space accordingly, placing the desk as far away from the door as possible. The essence of the feng shui command position is that you will then be able to control your own energy and do your very best in any situation.
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