In selecting an office or workspace, following Feng Shui principles can ensure that you will get the best possible environmental support from it.
There are workspaces where you feel good, where you can work well and feel energised. And there are spaces where it is a drain to spend time and that compromise your performance.
Your work environment affects your work and the quality of exchange with the world, and thus your bottom line. Here are the important Feng Shui principles in regards to a workspace.
The Physical Environment
This is where we look at the obvious physical arrangements. Are there any ugly features in front of the business, eg. a cutting lamp post or the sharp corner of another building pointing right at your door?
How welcoming is the approach to the entry? Is it wide enough and leading people gently into the business? Or is it hidden and awkward, or a squeeze to get to. Can it be easily found? Is there good people traffic or is it in some backend dead corridor? Is the door big enough? Look at a space with your unbiased first impression and see how it feels.
Choose a physical setting where the flow of people can easily reach the space. This is also where you look at aspects such as parking, transport and location.
The purpose of the space is obviously important too. If you don’t have clients come to you, but have a lot of employees that need to park their cars, you’d need a different space to a business that relies on client traffic.
The Internal Design
Internally, the quality of Yin energies is important. Yin energies are related to personal wellbeing and support you in your environment. They give each area a flavour. In each of the eight compass directions of a space sit different quality Yin energy – some good, some ugly, and some in-between.
Ideally, you’d make sure that key people are supported by good energies and by energies that suit their activity. We’d also want to make sure to avoid negative energies, i.e put your storage, files and printer there.
Here is the list of qualities of energies present in a space, and their best usage.
#1 – is good for communication, going into things deeply, caring about people, such as human resource department.
#2 – is the sickness energy. It is generally not good to use this. Put your printer or storage areas here. However, health practitioners often do well with this energy as their business is about confronting and transforming this quality.
#3 – This is a great energy for an up-and-coming dynamic person with a lot of energy, who is going places. Good for reaching out into the world, making things happen, fast growth and progress.
#4 – this energy is great for creative pursuits, such as writing, art and design. It also benefits study.
#5 – this is a disastrous energy that should be avoided. People sitting in such energy generally feel drained and tired. It tends to attract ‘Murphy’s Law’. Put storage there.
#6 – this is the ‘head of business’ type of energy. Good for making decisions and ‘piercing through to the real issues.
#7 – is good for sales, talking, reaching out.
#8 – (the most beneficial energy) – this is good for accumulating money, accounting, solidifying gains, and keeping things. In a retail shop this is a good area for the cash register.
#9 – good for creating a good external image, public relations.
A Good Workspace
A good workspace has both, positive energy from the main door filling it with great life force. Internally, you’d use the best Yin energy to support your personnel in their activities – and avoid any negative, destructive influences.
The location of each of the Yin and Yang energies is individual to each space. We determine these in our Feng Shui consultations, and advise on the most optimum usage of each area. Let me know if you’d require Feng Shui assistance.
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