I recently dig into Feng Shui and what effects it has on our work and our business results. I have to admit a new world opened up to me. In this blogpost I share a selection of tips on how this ancient Chinese art might positively influence your business and your working environment. Even if you don’t believe in abracadabra (neither do I by the way), you might want to try out some of the recommendations. You have nothing to lose, haven’t you?
Some if the ideas might be relevant to you and your business, others might not. Look at it as a buffet: a lot of choice, but you only take what you want. That’s basically also how my whole blog works. You extract the information that is relevant to you, and leave the rest for what it is.
Most of the ideas below are based on two books that focus on Feng Shui at work, written by Werner Waldmann/Pat Allin and Ronald Faber, both published in 1999.
The buffet is open!
What is Feng Shui?
Feng shui (pronounced fung shway) is the art of placing objects that will bring either favorable or unfavorable effects. Feng Shui is all about “Chi” (pronounced chee), the cosmic energy that is all over. According to Feng Shui everything is impacted by the Chi.
The literal translation for the Chinese words “feng” and “shui” are “wind” and “water.” It is through wind and water that chi flows through nature and the universe.
Main benefits of Feng Shui are a positive flow of energy and harmony. It is said that managers who have their office furnished according to the Feng Shui principal usually don’t have any issues with their staff.
Tips on how to make a good first impression with your premises (business)
The first impression a (potential) client gets from your business is when entering the premises. You only have one chance to make a good first impression!
- Don’t buy/rent a building that is squeezed in between two higher buildings. People might have the impression that you are trying to fight against the big guys with little success.
- The path to the entrance should not be straight but rather have a slightly curved shape.
- Make sure you have sufficient lights installed throughout the path to make your business appear “welcoming” even in the dark.
- A little bush / tree on each site of the main entrance has a positive effect on Chi and the number of visiting clients.
Tips on how to make a good first impression with your building (business)
Entering a building offers a good opportunity for you to influence your visitors’ opinion of your company.
- Realize that doors that open towards the inside (push) are more welcoming than doors that open towards the outside (pull). A turn door has a positive impact on the circulation of Chi.
- Avoid an immediate sight of the toilets, a messy appearance and too much furniture.
- A small entrance can made appear bigger with the help of mirrors and appropriate lights.
Tips on how to make a good first impression with your receptionist (business)
- Has a protecting wall behind him/her
- Feels protected by the business that is behind his/her back
- Doesn’t sit opposite that main entrance since the Chi might be otherwise overwhelming
- Is well dressed
- Makes a well looked after, friendly appearance
Tips on how to create the workspace that has a positive impact on your results
- If possible, avoid the rooms at the end of the pace, close to the entrance or to the toilets.
- Doors where you have to push instead of pull to open have a positive Feng Shui.
- Don’t sit with your back to the door or to a window, but always have a protecting wall behind you. Make sure there are no shelves with books or files in your back since they represent the past.
- Make sure your table is neither white nor black since they offer too much or too little contrast. Stay away also from glass or acrylate tables since they don’t make a stable impression. Moreover, the fact that everybody can see the legs is not a good idea either.
- Go for a round or an oval office table instead of a square or rectangular one.
I have to admit, looking at the buffet as a self-employed working from her living room, I was not so hungry this time. Therefore the only thing I put on my plate, was the idea of not sitting behind a window/door. Inspired by what I have read about Feng Shui, I recently moved my little working table (the good news is that it’s neither white nor black, and it’s also not made from glass or acrylate) to another spot where the TV used to stand.
I have to say, I really feel the difference in energy. God knows if this is the positive Chi doing it’s work or just the fact that I am sitting closer to the window and finding inspiration by watching everything that is happening outside.
But I also know, once I will have to choose my own office building, receptionist, office room etc. (and I am sure this day will come), I will look at the buffet much more hungry. And knowing myself, I will try out too many things and overeating myself. But for sure, worth the flavors!
If you would like to know more about Feng Shui at work and in life, you might find these books interesting: