Free Feng Shui Tips: Fostering Success In The Office

Follow these Feng Shui principles to create a successful office environment.

In the Chinese art of Feng Shui living space is arranged to create the best possible flow of life energy, or "chi". To foster business success, apply the following principles of Feng Shui to any office space.

Energy flow

To encourage the free flow of "chi" throughout a work space, position furniture pieces at least eight inches apart and in harmonious arrangements. Ensure there is good ventilation in office areas; if there is not adequate airflow, add a small fan to help air and energy to circulate. Avoid placing a desk or other piece of furniture directly in front of a door as it will block the entrance of energy and may cause business obstacles; instead place a desk in view of the door, but offset to one side. An ideal desk location is in a corner diagonally across from a door.

Work space positioning

Sit with a solid wall to your back while working to receive support. Do not sit with a window behind you as you work; it is similar to sitting in with open space to your back. Do not place a desk in the center of the room; this results in a loss of power.



Do not place chairs facing away from the doorway if possible to avoid unexpected visits and surprises. Placing your back to the door creates an air of vulnerability. If it is necessary to work facing away from an entrance, consider placing a mirror on the desk to reflect visitors.

Desks, tables and other work space surfaces should be kept clean and uncluttered. Physical clutter breeds mental clutter and disturbs the energy flow in the office.

Water in the workspace

Flowing water, such as an indoor fountain, is an energy attractor and improves health. If it is not practical to include a water element in your office space, consider art with water imagery as a reasonable alternative. Aquariums are another option, if they are kept scrupulously clean and uncluttered. Another way to add "water" to a room is to place a deep blue rug on the floor; this virtual pool will draw the eye with a calming influence and will aid the flow of energy throughout the room.

Color

Certain colors are said to enhance various elements of life in Feng Shui. To promote wealth, use purple as an accent color in the workplace. Blue symbolizes and encourages knowledge; blue may be especially desirable in a research-type work environment. Red is an aggressive color and is appropriate for sales and other highly competitive work environments. Yellow stimulates creativity and clarity of thought, an ideal color to use in a work space for artists, writers and other creative individuals.

Ceilings should always be painted in light colors, because dark colors create a heavy and non-productive atmosphere.

Plants

Live plants can enhance the energy of a workspace environment, as well as offering health benefits. Green leafy plants with curving lines are the best for fostering healthy relationships amongst workers and attracting customers. Avoid plants with spikes or thorns as the sharp nature of them slices chi and has a negative impact. Make sure plants are healthy and properly maintained; dead leaves should be removed promptly. Bamboo symbolizes good fortune and is a good choice for the office.

Lighting

For productivity, offices should be well lit. If a work area is dim, add lamps or other light sources to improve the area. Traditional fluorescent lights can be replaced with wide spectrum bulbs for more pleasant working conditions.

Feng Shui is a complex discipline, but even following the basic tenets above can improve the chi of any office. And, even those who do not embrace Feng Shui will find value in these principles that lead to an uncluttered and attractive office. A clean, well-decorated and harmonious work space is sure to improve prosperity for any business.

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