Cubicle Feng Shui

Sally Painter
Typical workplace cubicle

There are some unique problems associated with cubicle feng shui design. The most obvious is the overall lack of space and privacy. Whenever attempting to follow feng shui principles in cubicle office design, one area that generally presents a problem is desk placement.

Desk Placement

The ideal desk placement for any work space is the command position. This placement means the person sitting behind the desk is in command of the room and subsequently any situations or issues that arise during work.

Command Positions

There are a couple of ideal desk placements for a command position. The first is directly across from the entrance to the work area. All opportunities, whether auspicious or inauspicious, march straight in to your desk. The next ideal placement is catty-cornered from the main entrance. Both of these positions give you line of sight to the door and place the desk between you and whoever is entering your office.

Cubicle Desk Placement

The cubicle creates a unique problem with desk placement because most modern cubicles come with attached overhead cabinets, a work surface that includes a desk cutout section as well as under counter filing cabinets, drawers and enclosed shelving units. Because of the design of cubicles, you rarely have any choice as to where you place your desk. The configurations of the sections usually come predetermined and sized.

Correcting Immovable Desk Placement

There is a solution for a cubicle with prefixed desk placement. In the majority of most cubicle desk and cabinet configurations, it forces you to sit with your back to the door. This means that you are in the worst possible desk placement and are unable to see anyone who enters your work area if you're at your desk. In addition, any sensitive information you may be working on is just as vulnerable as you are.

Sitting with Your Back to the Door

In feng shui, sitting with your back to the door means you'll often be blind-sighted, or even become the victim of malicious backstabbing or office politics and gossip. There will be things that go on in your department and the overall company that you'll either never know about or will learn about too late to take advantage of. Feelings of isolation as well as alienation have been documented in such seating placements.

Remedy for Back to Door Sitting

The easiest solution to this problem is to place a small mirror on your desk or above your workspace angled so you can see directly behind you at all times. This has been one of the best solutions to a situation that you cannot remedy by moving your desk.

If your cubicle is big enough, you may want to also place a partial screening or create a kind of barrier that denies those entering your work space immediate access to you and your computer. Most cubicles are too small to accommodate the individual, much less a screen.

Sharing a Cubicle

Oftentimes, people in the same department performing the same job or related jobs share larger cubicles. This set up generally has a large shared work area between the two work stations. This counter space creates a divider of sorts, but serves to drive guests right into the back area of your workspace. Once more, the mirror cure is a great way to prevent unexpected complications or problems.

Cubicle Entrance

There are few things you can do to help define the entrance into your space and create a feeling of an enclosed office. If possible, place a floor lamp on either side of the entrance into your cubicle. If this isn't possible, consider adding a small pedestal table with a table lamp. Place a plant on either side of the entrance to your cubicle.

Foo Dogs

Place a small pair (male and female) foo dogs at the entrance of your cubicle. You can add these in a manner that makes them unobtrusive but will still provide protection against theft or malice.

Clutter Is Your Enemy

Keep your cubicle clean and clutter free. A cluttered work space traps chi energy and prevents the natural flow of positive energy coming into your cubicle. Stagnant chi is unhealthy to you physically and to your job situation. If you organize your cubicle and keep it clutter free, you'll be able to work more efficiently and be able to take full advantage of all the chi energy moving in and out of your cubicle.

Desk Phone

If you make your living by using the phone at work such as sales, customer service representative, collections or simply deal with the general public, there are a few feng shui enhancements you can use. Place three coins tied with a red ribbon or a red envelope with a coin underneath on or near your phone to draw prosperity to your daily work.

Water Features

Adding a water feature to a cubicle is tricky because you must know the overall feng shui issues of the entire building, as well as your particular area of the building. It's best to resort to some other form of water activator if this is something you deem is necessary for your workspace. Opt for a photo of a sailboat sailing toward you, never away from you. A meandering stream that is flowing towards you or into your workspace is another option.

Your Ideal Feng Shui Cubicle

Regardless which school of feng shui you practice, if you follow these tips on designing your cubicle, you should discover that your work environment is just as productive and enjoyable as it would be in an enclosed office.

Cubicle Feng Shui