Office Feng Shui Tips and Benefits
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For many business owners, finding the right key to success is an ongoing effort. While having a valuable, well run business is critical, in some instances it may not be enough for success. Certain business titans, such as Donald Trump for example, are well-known for using feng shui as a way of giving their business ventures a boost or edge. Even major corporations have turned to feng shui to help improve their business efforts. This time-tested practice has been around for thousands of years, and although it began in China it has been utilized around the world. Proponents often swear to its ability to improve the success of businesses. People who are interested in feng shui for their office space should learn what it is and what it entails.
What is Feng Shui
Feng shui is the Chinese art, or science, of balancing or harmonizing qi. Qi, which is often spelled ch'i, is known as life force or life energy and it can be either good or bad. The art of feng shui involves the careful manipulation and arrangement of one's environment to produce harmony through the flow of positive energy, or qi. In addition to harnessing positive energy, when done right Feng shui also eliminates negative energy. It also relates heavily to the concept of yin and yang. Yin is considered passive and restful while yang is active and positive, which is ideal for an office setting. They are opposites that depend on one another but when creating a feng shui office or home they must be appropriately balanced to obtain harmony.
Benefits of Feng Shui
When it comes to one's workplace or office, feng shui offers a number of useful benefits that can contribute to success. With the application of feng shui, office staff may experience numerous psychological as well as physical improvements. A happier work place is one of the many benefits that a business owner may notice, as well as an increase in motivation, reduced stress, greater creativity, and less absenteeism. An entrepreneur in his or her home office may notice that he or she is being more productive. Customers or clients who visit a feng shui office space or building may have a better outlook towards the business, resulting in an improvement in public relations, improved customer loyalty and increased sales.
Incorporating Feng Shui
There are elements that should be incorporated into the office when applying feng shui. There are five of these elements that contribute to the mood and purpose of a room; wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Wood for example invokes a sense of creativity, strength, and growth, while fire increases one's sense of enthusiasm and enhances leadership skills. These are both positive elements in an office space and can be incorporated with the addition of colors such as a small amount of red for fire and green or brown for wood. Wood furniture in an office is also positive as is electronic equipment. However it is important not to over-incorporate these elements. Incorporating metal elements can improve mental clarity, organization and focus - all of which are important in an office. A mirror, a small aquarium or asymmetrical shapes all represent water which when used in a balanced fashion can improve inspiration and wisdom.
Feng Shui Tips and Techniques to Start With
There are certain tips that can prove useful when setting up one's office. Feng shui may seem confusing to some, however, keeping certain important aspects in mind can help in making the right changes to the space. One tip is to change the color of the walls to one that will have a positive impact on the emotions of clients. Blue, for example, conveys a sense of trust and calm, while gray can give an office a sense of sophistication. The direction of one's desk in both a home office and an office building is also important. Turn the desk so that it is facing the door, preferably with the back of the chair facing a wall. Another valuable tip in regards to the placement of the desk is to place it on the south side of the office, which is considered a position of wealth. Don't block the flow of ch'i by placing furniture directly in front of doorways. The use of mirrors and plants are also important in an office. Plants not only enliven a work space but they also represent growth. Mirrors can draw positive ch'i into an office, but should not be placed directly in front of doorways.