Literally translated, Feng Shui means wind and water. It is the ancient Eastern art of placement, of living in harmony with our natural and built environment. Feng Shui aims to enhance sheng chi (positive energy) so our immediate surroundings, both internally and externally, can be as supportive as possible.
The principles of Feng Shui can be used alone, but when the theory is combined with solid design principles the results are amazing. Clients feel a deeper connection to their spaces, and life is often smoother and more enjoyable when their environment supports their short and long-term goals.
Translated to a workplace environment, this means that relationships and communication between co-workers is better, morale is improved, and health and wellbeing can be enhanced.
Feng Shui can be targeted at specific business problems.
Increasing positive energy flows by changing layout, décor and plants could turn around a restaurant that is underachieving. A company wanting to reduce sick days could call in a Feng Shui consultant to make the experience of being in the building or space more appealing.
Here are some of the key times a company will decide to include Feng Shui in their business:
– At the start-up of a new company
– As a new corporate building is being designed and constructed
– When an existing building is being refurbished or upgraded
– When a company is looking to relocate to new premises
– If there is a problem or a crisis that needs to be resolved
– During a rebranding and repositioning of a company
– When a new CEO is appointed
Simple suggestions to incorporate Feng Shui into the workplace
1. Keep your desk and work area clutter-free so that sheng chi (positive energy) can circulate more freely. On a practical level the fewer things you have on your desk the more focused you can be.
2. Keeping us connected to nature has been proven to reduce the number of sick days people have, enhance creativity, performance, and productivity so incorporate healthy plants in communal areas and where possible keep a small plant or a bunch of flowers on your desk. Remember the keyword is healthy – when the flowers die, replace them!
3. Where possible allow natural daylight into a workplace environment. Of course, if at certain times of the day you experience glare from the sun, pull the blinds down, but remember to pull them back up again once it’s passed.
As an Interior Designer and Feng Shui expert based in San Francisco and London, I work internationally with businesses to improve the Feng Shui and design of office environments. Corporate clients include Morgan Stanley, BBC TV Licensing, Executive Office Group, Regus, Holiday Autos.
If you are interested in incorporating the principles of Feng Shui into your company, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can schedule a time to talk about your project.