Feng shui is the ancient Chinese art of creating harmony and attracting luck by working with the environment.
This is one of a number of articles that look into how you might bring peace, happiness and harmony into your home through feng shui. This article focuses on the workplace.
Feng shui is all about the environment around us and that includes workplaces. A few basic alterations can help improve relationships between associates and even enhance your own career prospects.
How to Improve Working Relationships through Feng Shui
Firstly consider the entrance and reception area of your workplace, as this is the first place that both visitors and workers get to see. It should therefore look “inviting”.
On entering the reception, there should be no sense of clutter. If visitors need to be greeted, a reception desk near but placed at a slight angle to the door is recommended. This will then invite people to enter the room without blocking their entrance.
A desk placed directly opposite the door, for instance, might appear to be barring someone’s entry, as if turning them away before they’ve even arrived! Also remember that both “entrance” and “exit” should be clearly marked, as should the direction that doors open if this might cause confusion.
Furniture in the Workplace and Feng Shui
Further into the building, and if there are lots of angles, sharp edges and corners, these can cause “secret arrows” or negative rays of energy. Secret arrows directed towards either workers and visitors will affect their health and their relationships. These should, therefore, be blocked with plants, screens and paintings.
If you work in an office, think about your seating arrangements. You should not, for instance, sit with your back to a window or an open door. Neither do you want to face others in the room directly, otherwise this can bring negative or hostile attitudes.
Rooms should be kept neat and as free from clutter as possible. The floor area especially, should be left open so people don’t have to watch their feet as they walk.
Organising Your Work for Good Feng Shui
Tidy your work surface at least once a day so as to keep everything in its right place. Files can easily get lost under piles of paper and correspondence and this accumulates stagnant energy which is very bad feng shui.
Quick Feng Shui Tips for the Workplace
The colour blue, either in carpets or on the walls is a relaxing and peaceful colour to work in. It also helps to increase career ambitions. Remember too that you shouldn’t hold back on the use of plants in the workplace. These help to absorb secret arrows or negative ch’i and they also bring a little nature into a technical environment.
Shurety Sarah, Feng Shui for Your Home: An Illustrated Guide to Creating a Harmonious, Happy and Prosperous Living (Rider & Co. (1997))