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Feng Shui, which translates to “wind” and “water,” is the ancient Chinese art of living in harmony with the natural world. Wind and water are associated with good health in Chinese culture and good Feng Shui equates to good fortune. Feng Shui uses lengthy and complex rules that enhance how chi or energy flows through a room and is based on patterns of the yin and yang, which represent opposing yet complementary forces.

One of the main tools utilized in Feng Shui is the Bagua, which translated means “eight areas.” The eight areas referred to are the eight directions on a compass and each direction has colors and an element (water, earth, wood, fire or metal) associated with it. The Bagua is used to determine the favorable placement of rooms and the objects within them. Oftentimes, Feng Shui is referred to when people are arranging furniture in their homes. However, since we average approximately 8.6 hours working each day, it makes sense to apply these practices at the office too. Here are some things you can do to Feng Shui your workplace without moving, becoming a Feng Shui master or breaking the bank:

Reduce clutter According to Feng Shui, chi cannot flow freely if it is being blocked by clutter. Remove everything that isn’t needed from desks and workspaces and arrange necessities in an efficient manner. Consider utilizing bamboo USB drives to cut down on paper files. A bamboo Eco Zen Pen Holder functions as storage while incorporating the wood element into your office motif. Neatly display photos and business cards on these magnetic frames to incorporate the Bagua element, metal into your new and improved workspaces. Protect the environment and achieve balance by trading in disposable cups for Yin Yang mug. Keep in mind a neat, organized desk will leave employees feeling light, cheerful and reinvigorated.

Desk position If you have the option, move desks so that employee backs are to the wall. A wall or partition at your back signifies the support you receive from your teammates. If you don’t have this option, one can hang a brown jacket or blanket on the back of their chair. Brown is the color for earth so this would signify putting earth, behind your chair or a mountain at your back. It is also beneficial to have a view of a window and the door; however, you do not want to be placed directly in front of either, as doing so would have a negative effect on chi. The shape of one’s desk can also significantly affect chi. If the option presents itself, you should choose round versus sharp corners to encourage the flow of creativity. Kidney shaped desks, whose shape follows the natural curves of the human body, are said to provide inner alignment.

Plants Incorporating plants into your workspace can connect us to the natural, outside world. They improve air quality and their green color encourages growth. A green plant in a bamboo pot is a great way to bring harmony to desks. It is advised to avoid cactuses or other sharp looking plants as these invite negative chi. Make sure plants are well cared for so they flourish and be sure to remove dead plants immediately.

Water Fresh, clean water is a powerful source of good chi. A desktop fountain or small fish tank is a wonderful way to bring the water element to your workspaces. If space is an issue, consider a piece of artwork that depicts water.

Lighting Natural light is best, so if you are able, place desks close to a window. Reduce glare and improve chi by replacing fluorescent lights with warm ones. Feng Shui does not have to be an all or nothing approach. By making just a few of these small changes in your workplace, you can increase energy, boost productivity and enhance the overall look and feel of your office. Tchi, Rodika. “What Is Feng Shui?” About.com Feng Shui. Web. 15 May 2012.

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