Monday, November 4, 2013

Feng Shui for the Workplace

For years, researchers have been providing insight on how various work environments can have an impact on employee wellness and disposition. Feng Shui offers several benefits for the office including higher levels of concentration, stress reduction and an increase in creativity - all leading to greater communication and increased productivity.

The Mouth of Chi

In Feng Shui, the front entrance is called the Mouth of Chi. This opening might be the front door of the building, the door to your office, or the opening to your cubicle. Think of the Mouth of Chi as a mirror of your personality. Is the entrance to your workspace inviting or disorderly? Cluttered or easy to navigate? Cramming too much furniture or accessories into your workspace can lead to a feeling of being overwhelmed and tense. Assess what you need and get rid of everything else.


At the foundation of Feng Shui is the belief that we are energetically connected to everything in our physical environment. Feng Shui begins with clearing clutter. Clutter is a problem because it hinders clear focus, and aside from the distraction, it also blocks energy flow.

Interior Layout

The interior layout of your business should allow all the essential functions of the business to flow as smoothly as possible. It is helpful to imagine that you are chi energy that wants to visit every part of the office space.


When an issue or work project becomes confusing, shed light on it. Without adequate lighting, no one function optimally. Ideally, you should have a combination of natural and artificial light available to you as you work.

Main Lobby or Reception

The entrance lobby should be well lit and appear spacious and welcoming. If a receptionist is assigned to the lobby, he or she should not face the front door directly, as this can prove to be intimidating to visitors. The lobby area gives a number of clues about your business. The color scheme, lighting, furnishings, temperature and smell all give information to your prospective clients.

The Power of Color

Color research shows that people are stimulated in specific ways by different colors. Feng Shui uses color as a cure to promote the appropriate energy for a space. That's why it's important to pick a color based on the tasks you will be performing.

Office Layout

Your office should be comfortable and reflect something of your personality. Make sure the door to your office is protected from shar chi (poison arrows) from outside the office. It is usually good to have an outside view, but glaring light from the windows can make it hard to work effectively.

Your Office has good Feng Shui if:

  • Reflects your personality 
  • Supports your physical body 
  • Provides interpersonal safety 
  • Keeps you grounded in the present while opening future possibilities.

Arranging your Workspace

The placement of the desk is of extreme importance. You should sit facing the door. People who sit with their backs to the door feel uncomfortable and risk being stabbed in the back".

The desk should be as far away from the entrance to the room as possible to give you a commanding view of your office, as well as the door. It is just as important for other people to see you as it is for you to see them.

If you are tucked away in your office where no one can see you, then you are likely to be viewed as invisible.

Although you should face the door, you should not do so directly, as this can intimidate visitors. Position your desk at an angle to the entrance for best results. Different angles produce different feelings, so you should experiment.

Do not sit with a window behind you, if at all possible. This placement indicates that you are lacking in support and may not be able to get the help you need. A solid wall behind your back will give you the support your need.

General Offices & Cubicles

Special Feng Shui considerations are required with general office where many people work together in the same room.
If possible, everyone in the office should have a view of the main entrance from his or her desk.
Desk facing each other are not best either from a Feng Shui perspective because the position is considered confrontational.

A U-shaped arrangement of desks is not the best either because people in the long sides will be opposite each other. The arrangement is believed to cause friction & discord. 

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