By S.B.S. Surendra
The philosophy of Feng Shui is embraced by people who are aware of the impact their surroundings have on them and feel the need to take action to improve their lives. Using Feng Shui correctly is a skill and its principles cannot be adapted simply to suit the circumstances of a place or an individual.
In Feng Shui there are two primary natural forms which must be respected and utilised, water and mountains. In the analogy of the Tao, water is the yang active principle and mountains carry the passive or yin principle. The earth is criss-crossed with energy lines that are affected by virtually all geographical and topographical phenomena. This means that we are affected by our environment, and we in turn modify our environment by what we do within it.
Aligning the interiors and the furnishing alone ensures excellent Feng Shui when tuned with the compass directions and one can achieve a lot through these methods and proper alignments.
When we adapt the oriental science for designing new homes or a office, the primary concern is to get the space to be in tune with the occupants. In a office set up it does get tricky as it has to keep in mind many different individuals to be working from there. The location of the office is not normally something over which we have control but its internal layout can make a great difference to the way people feel and behave.
By adapting Feng Shui in Office environment, energy movement is assisted and at the very least the personal workspace could be cleared of accumulated “clutter”. The energy of an office could be dramatically improved if its occupants respond to each other in a positive way and co-operate with one another. Changes as simple as re-aligning the furniture, painting or moving in healthy plants are at times more than enough. Negativity breeds Negativity so forward planning and planning work programmes holistically, rather than a day-to-day basis will reduce stress.
Cramped working areas lead to cramped minds. We feel resentful if we constantly knock ourselves on colleagues, desks or cupboards. Open plan office can leave people feeling vulnerable so it is important that they personalise their spaces and are not surprised from behind.
Staff rooms are where employees meet, discuss work and air grievances and the Feng Shui of these rooms is important if staff is to be positive, though they should not be too comfortable or breaks will be extended.
For enhancing the feel of your work-place you could try few important Feng Shui tips:
• Ensure that the entrance is well maintained. What the staff see as they arrive each day has a strong impact on their mind and work output.
• Avoid waste bins at entrance and keep it clutter free.
• Shadowy corners and ill-lit passageways will not encourage staff to linger in the evening; keep them well lit.
• Fresh paint work and clean flooring create an air of efficiency and, together with positive images on the walls, suggest to employees that they are valued.
• Boardroom tables are best if they are oval; round tables are useful in brainstorming sessions of the management team.
Feng Shui for office or commercial location can create an environment, which will support the occupants and enable them to progress.