Basic Feng Shui tips to create a stress free office environment are:
Never sit with your back at the door, as we will feel Place your desk in such a way that you have a view of the door
1 Make sure your desk is facing the door. That way, you are in control of the room and you can see who is coming in. If your back is to the entrance you will feel subconsciously uneasy which will drain your energy.
2 Sit with a solid wall behind you rather than an open space, as this will increase your feeling of being supported. If you have a window behind you, reinforce your defences with a bookcase or at least a planter.
3 Avoid putting pictures and artwork above your head- don’t let the attention of your visitors be distracted from you.
4 Symbology is important in Feng Shui. Check and see what negative and positive messages are being given out by the choice of posters and art around you. Are they dull, flat and limiting landscapes? Sunsets, showing a decline of energy? Stark, aggressive images? Abstract and confusing lines without clarity?
5 Clutter is the enemy of good Feng Shui. Keep your desk clear and let the energy flow freely around you. Keep files off the floor.
6 Living plants bring in vital energy and are particularly good to counter the negative effects of having so much equipment around. Make sure that they are not spiky and avoid cacti unless you want to become known as a “prickly” person.
7 The lighting must be good. Research shows that people are much more motivated and healthier if they sit near windows. Dark corners are lifeless areas and that means -you need to use twice the energy to do a job. Don’t hang any plants or have lights suspended directly above your head. Desk lamps are okay though.
8 Watch out for big piles of “in trays”. The higher the stack, the more you will feel overwhelmed.
9 Don’t sit under high shelvings or under the beams or else you will feel that everything is getting on top of you.
10 Mark out your wealth corner for special attention (top left from the doorway). Make sure it is not cluttered with piles of files or magazines and especially not your waste bin. Put something beautiful and preferably sparkly in this area.
11 Don’t sit near the sharp corners of shelving and cabinets. Round edged designs are generally preferable and tend to support creativity.
12 First impressions are very important – make sure your visitors see something like an exotic plant or a work of art, something on which to focus their energy when they enter the room. It will help them feel more comfortable and relaxed.