How do you determine the appropriate feng shui for an office? It depends on which school of feng shui you practice.
Various Feng Shui Schools of Practice
There are three main schools of feng shui. Two are traditional Chinese feng shui schools, while the third is widely embraced by the Western culture, especially the United States. Regardless which feng shui you practice, you can take advantage of basic principles to enhance your career and make your office inviting to chi energy for greater success in business.
Compass Feng Shui
Practioners use Compass Feng Shui in combination with Land and Form Feng Shui. A compass determines the facing and sitting directions of your office.
Land and Form Feng Shui
Land and Form Feng Shui is concerned with the land and form elements that surround your office.
Black Hat Sect Feng Shui
This form of feng shui is controversial among classic feng shui practitioners. Created by Tibetan Tantric Buddhist Monks, Black Hat Sect uses the bagua as a single tool without the guidance of a compass. The bagua is placed over the home or office layout the same way as a one-size fits all.
How Do You Determine the Appropriate Feng Shui for an Office?
Classic feng shui requires knowing the building's flying stars locations and the kua number as well as your own flying stars and kua number. This requires hiring a professional feng shui expert.
While you are waiting for your feng shui analysis, use basic feng shui rules and principles to improve your office environment, business and career.
Outside Office Entrance
Make the entrance to your office a clutter free zone. Remove any obstacles clients have in navigating into your office. If you work from your home, strive to create an official entrance.
- Place floor lamps or wall sconces on either side of the outside door
- Add a plant on either side of the entrance door
If you have a stand alone office, apply these same principles as well as others:
- All signs are easily seen from the parking area
- Easy for clients to determine which is your office
- Road signs with good design complete with attractive landscaping
Clean, Clean, Clean
A neat office inspires confidence and states you're in control of your business. It also allows positive chi energy to enter and move about your office. If your budget doesn't allow for a cleaning crew, assign specific duties to various employees with a set schedule. Make each responsible for their area with a set of office housekeeping rules.
Individual Office Housekeeping:
- All desks remain clean of empty drink cans, coffee cups and water bottles
- Trash is kept out of sight and emptied nightly
- Chairs are correctly placed beneath the desk
General Office Housekeeping:
- Wash windows and keep clean
- Vacuum regularly
- Dust regularly
- Clean outside light fixtures
- Keep bathroom clean and tidy
- Keep bathroom door closed at all times
- When not in use, keep toilet lid closed and close prior to flushing
- Repair all plumbing leaks
- Replace burned out light bulbs
- Replace worn or torn furniture
If you have an office with employees, you'll want your reception area to be inviting and instill confidence in your clients. Color plays an important part. Don't limit yourself to certain colors matching feng shui directions. A color cannot activate chi energy. If you prefer to use colors based on direction you can, but it certainly won't hurt the feng shui of your office if you don't.Provide updated magazines and replace worn or tattered ones. Tidy up during the day if necessary. If you don't have a reception area and clients enter directly into your office or your office is located within a large corporation, you can still create an inviting entrance into your office with plants and lights.
Importance of Desk Placement
Never ever sit with your back to the door. This is a big feng shui don't. The reason is you can't see what's coming up behind you. You could become the victim of office politics and backstabbing. If the configuration of your office is a cubicle and not something you can control, then place a mirror on your desk so it reflects what's directly behind you. This way you won't be startled or blindsighted by unexpected business turns.
Position of Power
You want to take command of your room and need to place your desk so you can see everyone who enters. If you hold important business meetings in your office and need to win over clients, co-workers and your boss, make sure you take the North sector of your office during the meetings. North is the controlling direction and whenever opposed by any other direction; the North always wins.
Kua: Your Best Working Position
Once you know your personal [[How_to_Calculate_a_Kua_Number | kua number], take advantage of your best working direction. Without knowing this, you can still take control of your office by placing your desk diagonally across from the door. Further enhance your position by anchoring one end of the desk to a wall (meaning that end of your desk touches the wall). Don't sit with the door opening to your side since this creates poison arrows.
Windows and Desks
Avoid sitting with your back to a window or your desk beneath a window looking out. The first doesn't support your work while the second position will allow too many distractions outside and keep you from your work. Always sit with a solid wall behind you for the best career support.
Using Feng Shui
Using basic feng shui principles helps you answer the question: How do you determine the appropriate feng shui for an office?