Video: How to improve your office with Feng Shui?

By Susanne Schutz, a Feng Shui master and consultant of Suzhong Consulting Limited.

Feng Shui has gained more prominence with interior designers and architects in recent years, and some now seek the help of professional Feng Shui Masters when working on designs for commercial space and offices.

Feng Shui is a complex process that strives improve the flow of energy, or Qi, throughout a space, in order to deliver a multitude of physical and psychological benefits. By following these simple tips, any commercial space can capitalise on good Feng Shui.

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Reception area

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The reception is probably one of the most important areas to look at when it comes to commercial Feng Shui. The reception area is the “Qi Mouth” of a company, where all the energy enters the office.

It is important, therefore, that the reception area is free from clutter, and is an open space, lit by natural sunlight, making it inviting and welcoming. Depending on company-specific requirements, a Feng Shui Master might also suggest the placement of a water feature in the space, such as an aquarium or a small fountain.

What matters most, however, is that the reception is spacious. It will then form a so-called “Bright Hall”, which is one of the most important Feng Shui features, enabling Qi to collect and disseminate around the building. It even has the ability to turn negative incoming Qi into positive and harmonious Qi.

Logo placement

Specific Feng Shui calculations can measure the precise spot in a company’s reception area where a logo should be placed in order to increase the inflow of new clients and repeat customers. This might not be the place where it is most visible, however, in which case it may be necessary for two logos to be displayed – one in the area of the reception where it is most visible to clients, and one where Feng Shui asks for a logo.

Senior management

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While commercial Feng Shui aims to transform the entire office into a space that contributes to each individual’s wellbeing and productivity, special attention is always paid to the desk locations of senior management. The belief is that if the chief executive officer or general manager is doing well, this will translate into company-wide success.

Obviously, then, getting the CEO’s office right is crucial. This means not just putting his desk in the right location, but also ensuring that there is plenty of natural light, and that the outside features that can be seen from the CEO’s office are positive – there should be no sharp corners pointing at him while he’s working, no polluted water in his eye line, and no antennas or pylons visible. Instead, the CEO should be provided with a view of rolling hills, a park, an open space, or a golf course, ideally incorporating clean, clear water.

Open-plan office

Open office design has been the big thing in recent years and, in terms of Feng Shui, it helps with the even distribution of positive Qi throughout the office. This is far more beneficial than tiny office cubicles that are too cramped and cluttered to allow for beneficial Qi flow.

The open office design must still allow privacy for individuals when working, however, so some partitions – especially behind employees’ backs – will enhance their productivity and comfort.

Support your back

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In Feng Shui, it is ideal to sit with your back against a solid wall. This is thought to offer the necessary support and confidence required to tackle difficult tasks while minimising errors. When designing an office space or a commercial floorplan, therefore, it is best to ensure no member of staff will be sitting with their back towards a door or corridor. After all, it’s hard to focus on work while a lot of activity is going on right behind you!

Not having a wall, a partition, or a window behind you can make people feel insecure, so if the layout of a particular office space doesn’t allow for everybody to sit against a solid wall, cabinets, bookshelves, or high pot-plants can be used to create the necessary sense of privacy.

Corners, beams and staircases

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Many modern offices feature an industrial design, with exposed beams, air-conditioning ducts, and so on. While this isn’t necessarily bad Feng Shui, it is still not ideal for employees to sit directly under a beam.

Structural beams are an integral part of the building’s structure and are designed to endure a tremendous amount of stress and pressure. In Fung Shui, this pressure is thought to extend downwards on to the person sitting under the beam, causing them to feel as though there is a heavy burden resting on their shoulders. Over time, this is said to lead to an increased sense of stress, and even migraines, or neck and shoulder problems.

Staircases are another key consideration when it comes to Feng Shui, and desks should never face a staircase. They are “energy exit points” and change the air flow, so facing a staircase when working is said to redirect attention away from the task at hand and make it difficult to concentrate. This effect is aggravated when the staircase points downwards: it is thought that employees’ energy is likely to exit via the staircase, causing them to feel fatigued and their performance level to drop.

Facing a sharp edge is also believed to have negative implications, and lead to health issues. It may even cause an increase in office-related conflicts. Choosing round pillars rather than square when designing the office space, or obscuring corners with potted plants, are simple but effective ways to avoid sharp corners.

Clear the clutter

Always keep the workplace clean and tidy. A cluttered-looking work environment with obstructed, narrow walkways does not allow Qi to flow freely, stifling creativity and analytical thinking. An organised and open work space, on the other hand, enables everyone to focus on challenging issues with a clear mind.

Susanne Schutz is represented in Dubai by Illuminations World.

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