Office Orders – How to make feng shui work for work!

Energy at work
Nowadays, the office has become a second home to most people. When we’re at work, we need to stay alert and keep our minds focused. While household Feng Shui plays a role in the well being of our energy and fortune, Feng Shui at work is equally important. After all, we spend most of our waking hours at work.

In addition to improving productivity, many believe that Office Feng Shui improves our luck and increases the chances of promotion, partnership and other career opportunities. Although it’s not common to hire a Feng Shui master to visit your workplace (unless you’re the boss, of course), there are general guidelines you can follow to avoid negative Feng Shui in the office.

Here are some tips on spotting negative Feng Shui in the workspace.

Windows and lighting 
Windows work as a medium of air and light to indoor areas. Even when the window is shut, they provide positive effects to health and work efficiency. Negativity intensifies where there is insufficient light or windows. When working in a poorly lit setting for long hours, you’re more likely to feel pessimistic or worn-out.

Beams and light fixtures
Ceiling beams and overhead light fixtures are a big no-no in Feng Shui theory, which many people should know already from the article  “<a a="" Feng Shui Defense 101”. As the reduced space resembles the scenario of something falling down onto you, the setting will bring produce anxiety and emotional and health problems.

Proximity to electronic devices and equipment
Any appliances, household and industrial alike, that are powered by electricity are categorised as Fire elements in Feng Shui studies. The more power it consumes, the stronger its fire intensity; the same goes for its influence on our energy, qi. In addition to energy, these devices also generate noise and emit smells, such as white noise from cooling fans and heated carbon odours from photocopiers. These minute noise and air pollutions are negative elements that disturb the Feng Shui balance and create an unpleasant working environment that affects our minds, our health and our productivity levels.

Facing the washroom
It’s almost common sense to think that among the many no-no, having your desk close to the washrooms in included on the list. The frequent in-and-out movements, noise and possible odours are just a few of the reasons why this is one of the less desirable locations for an office desk. In unavoidable circumstances where you are assigned to a desk that faces the washroom, you can use these two practises to minimise the negative energy: use large broadleaf plants or partitions to create a barrier between the desk and the washroom and keep the bathroom door shut at all times.

Dispense and disposeSimilar to the proximity to washrooms, proximity to disposal areas, storage and water dispensing spots are also considered negative Feng Shui. Disposal and storage areas often emit odours that can become a distraction and irritation to your senses.

It is not common knowledge to see water sources as a negative element. In Feng Shui studies, the Water element is interpreted as instability. Therefore, the water cooler becomes a source of unstable emotions and fluctuations. From a daily perspective, the traffic from your thirsty colleagues, especially those who need extra hydration when fighting coughs and colds, could become a distraction to your productivity and your health.

Main entrance
The entryway is one of the key elements in Feng Shui studies. Having your desk directly facing the main entrance creates a clash, which can create psychological and emotional irritations, adversely affecting your emotions and your health. If possible, use partition as a barrier between desk(s) and the front entrance. Similarly, broadleaf plants can also reduce the negativity from the clash

Facing a wall
The front facing of a desk is also an important consideration in Feng Shui studies, as qi gathers in the space between your desk and the wall. If your desk front touches the wall, then qi cannot gather at the desk. Due to this undesirable setting, this would decrease your productivity levels and affect emotional stability.

Behind your chair
Due to the lack of visibility, we are more sensitive to movement, happenings and energy behind our backs. However, stable furniture at our backs can enhance our sense of security.

When we have our backs to windows and corridors, the traffic can become distracting and affect our concentration. From a Feng Shui perspective, the constant movement at our backs can adversely affect health and productivity. It is best to create a stable environment here. In most office settings, furniture such as tall shelves, filing cabinets or partitions can be used to restore calm and security.

As Feng Shui can influence both productivity and fortune in the workplace, it is important to fix Feng Shui scenarios that can be easily spotted and avoided. It is important to keep in mind, however, that Feng Shui is only applicable to luck. The key to success is in your consistent effort and contribution. Good Luck!

Information provided by Feng Shui Master, Lo Tin Ho.