Feng shui is an ancient practice of combining elements to create a healthy and productive energy to a space. Does this fit in with a modern vision of how an office should be run? Well….yes.
People spend more hours on the job than they do with their families, and it makes sense to have the environment set up in a way which encourages a good flow of communication and an efficient use of space. When times are tough, business owners may not be able to invest money in moving to a more modern space. They need to find ways to work with their existing space and are more likely to spend money on a redesign if it means achieving the goal of more productivity and higher profits down the road.
If the new model for the workplace is a team-based atmosphere, it can make sense for a business to knock out walls and open up space in the office. People who are working on the same project need to be accessible to each other. The use of colour is important, and the placing of different pieces of furniture and equipment has an impact on the flow of the pace.
To help ensure that the atmosphere feels positive, some business owners enlist the help of a feng shui master. These experts provide advice about how to combine elements of water, wood, fire, earth, and metal in the right way to create harmony and create the right atmosphere for success. The feng shui master would charge an hourly rate for his or her services, and part of the process involves an on-site visit.
The principle of feng shui is based on the idea that everything, including people, places, and things, are alive with a vital energy known as Qi (which is pronounced “chee'”). Possessions are alive on a molecular level, as well as with thoughts and feelings. For this reason, the feng shui practitioner studies the occupants of the office space as well as its layout and orientation before making recommendations to correct any disharmony they detect in the office.
For a business to work well, all elements must work in harmony. The office space should be an inviting one where people feel comfortable and can perform their duties in an efficient manner. Team members should be able to sit close together so they can collaborate on projects easily and the equipment and supplies they need should be within easy reach (or at least a short walk away).
All employees should feel their contribution is valued and that they are treated with dignity and respect. If feng shui can help a modern office achieve balance and achieve these goals, then increased profits are likely to follow.
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