This is Feng Shui: 4 valuable tips to guarantee harmony in the office
Turning to an esoteric Chinese tradition might not be the first thing you think of when you want to improve your work environment, but hear us out.
We’re talking about feng shui, specifically what you can do with it to bring harmony to your office design – and perhaps even increase your business successes.
What is feng shui anyway?
As a traditional Chinese practice that is meant to use interior design and decorative accessories to bring about improvement in people’s lives, the very idea of feng shui is something that we completely ‘get’ over here in FibreGuard.
Making your décor work for you?
Applying feng shui principles to office spaces is just the same as for your home, except that with office spaces you probably don’t have much say about rearranging them or what kinds of lighting are used (among other things).
You’re probably thinking…come on, FibreGuard, there’s no way this pseudoscience can make me more productive.
To the sceptics, we answer: why not try it out anyway?
You have nothing to lose, and at the end of it, your desk or cubicle will look much better as a result.
Can Feng Shui make you more productive at work? Follow our tips: working in a harmonious environment full of positive vibes can’t be bad for your efficiency, creativity, or general wellbeing.
Feng Shui Tip One: spark joy with office feng shui and flare-up that feel-good factor
The layout of your office is always something that can be turned to your advantage, whether you feel like you have control over how it looks or not. You actually don’t even need a whole office at your disposal to give it the feng shui treatment – even a cubicle in a call centre can be made to work for you. The whole idea is to create and keep good energy in your space.
If this sounds a bit too ‘woo woo’ for you, here’s our practical tip to soothe your raised hackles: work with decorative accessories that you like. What do you have at home that makes you feel calmer? Add it into your workspace. It can be a framed photograph of loved ones, your favourite mug, a coaster made by a family member…anything at all specific to you that makes you feel rested.
That being said, take note of our next tip and don’t overload your workspace.
Feng Shui Tip Two: decluttering is a definite 'yes', but it doesn't have to mean 'everything must go'
When you’re deciding how to best decorate your office, be selective. Use decorative elements that spark off happy memories or items that are meaningful to you. Do you have a go-to quote that never fails to ignite your creativity? Stick it up on the corkboard.
Clutter, however, is something else entirely. We’re not telling you to introduce a load of clutter into your space. Clutter just doesn’t help productivity at all. Decluttering will give you more room and wipe away visual stress at the same time. Please note we’re not telling you to get rid of everything! Just be reasonable about it. If it works, keep it, and if it is stressing you out or useless, bin it. You don’t really 3 pen cases and need 160 pens, do you?
Feng Shui Tip Three: carefully chosen colour palettes can help your office design out immensely
We write about colour a good bit here on the FibreGuard blog, and for good reason: different colour schemes bring different energies to a space. The use of colour in feng shui explicitly assigns the following attributes to different shades:
- Green: improves health and balance
- Blue: supports career success and growth
- Yellow: represents happiness and good times
- White: brings creative energy
Obviously, unless you’re working from home, you really don’t have carte blanche to go repainting the office or co-working space. So, think small. Change the colours of things on your desk. Change your desktop wallpaper. If you have a corkboard or divider space, use it to your advantage and pin up a mood board.
Pro feng shui advice: Get a better chair – one with a high back to give you more support and put you in charge.
Feng Shui Tip Four: plants in your office space help reconnect you with nature
Working at the same desk every day, in the same room, facing the same direction without fresh air or without even a view outside…these are the things that really make you feel cramped, unproductive, and creatively stifled.
Bringing in plants will help if you can’t look outside during the workday or even face a window.
Add plants that improve the overall look and feel of your workspace, and make sure to take care of them: dead and dying plants are a haven for bad energy – kind of what we’d call bad feng shui.
We recommend four favourites:
- The Jade Plant. Also known as the ‘money plant’. Which sounds great for an office space!
- Golden Pothos. These are good for cleansing the air, but, more importantly, are really hard to kill.
- Boston Ferns. They’re very welcoming.
- A Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree (if you have a little more space to work with). This one is a bit, dare we say, fiddly, to keep alive though, so get your gardening coworker involved.
If you were to go big into feng shui principles, you’d see that east, southeast, and south areas of an interior space are excellent feng shui areas to decorate with plants.
Why are they excellent?
Because plants in these positions help to infuse the space with a vibrant, dynamic energy (apparently).
Get out that compass app on your smartphone, find out where these directions are, and put plants in them.
Keep reading for one final feng shui idea
We hope you’ve found this article useful and are already hunting for the compass app as you read this.
We have a last little feng shui secret for those avid readers among you: get a little horse figurine and put it on your desk.
In classical feng shui, horses symbolize the energy of success, fame, freedom and speed…all things that sound fantastic to bring into your work environment.
We recommend using the compass on your phone, finding the south (your fame/reputation area) or north (your career and life path area) positions of your desk or office layout, and putting a little horse figure or image in one of those places depending on what you want an energy boost in.