Whether you are an employee or a business owner with his or her own office, you can use feng shui to make your office space more productive and harmonious.
Your first step is to stand at the doorway of your office or workspace and map out the areas according to the feng shui bagua.
Your main focus will be your wealth and fame areas, although you should also pay attention to the other six areas and decorate them accordingly.
Here are some tips to keep the energy flowing in your office:
1. According to office feng shui guidelines, your desk should be placed at a diagonal to the doorway or directly facing it, rather than with your back to it.
2. If there’s more than one desk, place two on a diagonal facing towards the door and any others on a diagonal facing into the center of the room. They should not be placed in rows in a traditional classroom layout or back to back.
3. If the doorways of offices that face each other across a hallway are not exactly aligned, place a mirror on the front of each door.
4. If you face a partial wall or partition when entering an office, place a mirror on the partition.
5. Soften jutting walls with plants. If you don’t have a ‘green thumb’, artificial plants are just as effective as live ones.
6. Break up dull walls with mirrors or paintings.
The feng shui elements that are easiest to blend into an office decor are pictures and photographs. Look for pictures that represent the various aspects and display them in the appropriate areas of the room. Very obvious feng shui symbols may invite unwelcome questions from visitors or co-workers.
Feng Shui For A Home Office
Use office feng shui if you’re working from home to maintain a professional approach to your business.
1. Use a separate entrance to your office if at all possible.
2. Otherwise, choose a room near the front or back door of the house or apartment.
3. Separate your office from living areas to keep your business and personal lives separate.
4. If your office space is part of another room, divide it from the rest of the room with a screen or large plants.
5. Take a short walk before entering your office to work each day and another one at the end of your working day. This separates the business and personal aspects of your life.
6. Place your desk on the corner diagonally opposite to the doorway.
7. Don’t place your desk under a window, but let the light reflect on it from the side. Some people prefer to have their desks facing east.
8. Leave space between your furniture (bookshelves etc.) and the walls. Feng shui experts suggest leaving a 7-9 inch gap.
9. An important aspect of office feng shui is to keep your workspace tidy to allow a free flow of energy throughout the room.
10. Differentiate between clutter and storage. Stored items don’t have to be catalogued and labeled but they should be stacked neatly in a cupboard or in binders so as not to impede energy flow.
Obviously there’s a lot more to feng shui than what we’ve discussed in this article but you now have the basics for applying feng shui to your office space.
When you’ve made whatever changes you choose to incorporate, take a slow walk through your office and notice your spontaneous reaction. You should experience a sense of ease and flow, as opposed to feelings of claustrophobia, stress or overwhelm caused by too much clutter.