Balance. Harmony. Health. Everybody wants these things out of life, personally and professionally. Unfortunately, many of us consider a day with no accidents, no major conflict and no money lost to be a success. Incorporating a little feng shui into your office space won’t cure all of life’s ills, but it can certainly help you create more positive energy at work.
What is feng shui?
Translated, feng shui means “wind water.” It’s an ancient art and science developed by the Chinese to balance the energy in a given space and bring good fortune to its occupants. The five elements of feng shui – wood, fire, earth, metal and water – are believed to interact with one
another. The ancient Chinese believed that a structure’s orientation with bodies of water, stars, land and wind, which they considered alive with energy, would have a direct impact on success or failure.
How can you implement feng shui at the office?
Add Plants. Large, vibrant plants can not only create good, supportive energy, but they absorb the negative energy around you. They also help to purify the air and bring color to your office. Bamboo is said to bring luck and peace, so keep a bamboo plant right on your desk.
Create a Focal Point. Every space should have one, at work and at home. Without a strong focal point, energy is dissipated in different directions. Your focal point can be centered around artwork, a favorite photo, or a unique design element.
Declutter. Clutter creates confusion, chaos and stress. Order and organization helps you stay calm (and productive).
Soften Lighting. Bright lights initiate pressure and can make you irritable. Softer lights tend to create a more peaceful atmosphere.
Arrange offices accordingly. Good: A large building at one’s back to offer support. Bad: Desks that face each other.
- Good: A visually pleasing sight as you walk into your office or cubicle.
- Bad: Mirrors that reflect negative energy and make it difficult to control energy flow.