The environment at workplace greatly affects workers’ productivity, wellbeing, and creativity. It is in fact one of the reasons why workplace design is currently experiencing the metamorphosis it is undergoing today.
Many workspace providers are looking at feng shui to draw design inspiration for their workspaces. Productivity, wellbeing, and creativity are all aspects that feng shui attempts to optimize and nurture. This is why designers like to incorporate feng shui elements into the spaces they create and put together.
Though quite a lot has been researched and analyzed regarding feng shui in the conventional workplace designs, there isn’t enough information available on how feng shui elements and principles can be utilises for flexible work environments like coworking space or shared office spaces.
ONE Co.Work brings a quick guide to Office Feng Shui. The below information will help you get a jump start and benefit from feng shui.
Why feng shui?
The environment you work in at the workplace directly or indirectly influences how you feel and think throughout the day. A poorly designed workspace can cause huge hindrance; it can make you feel cramped and stifling, thus having a negative impact on energy, hence reducing clarity and productivity.
Feng shui aims to establish order and harmony in your environment and its various elements in such a way that this harmony positively affects and calms down your mind and body.
Implementing feng shui
A lot of advancements have been seen in the recent decades on feng shui in the workplace, ranging from making simple changes to their desk to bringing widespread changes in the workplace as a whole.
In coworking spaces or shared workspaces, members might feel restricted on how much they can influence the wider and communal environments. However, they can always incorporate feng shui ideas into their private offices, dedicated desk space, or other shared workstations among their team members.
Workspace operators can contribute to this by spreading information on feng shui and educate members on how they can use it to be their most productive and creative selves.
One of the first ideas given in feng shui is eliminating all clutter and excessive objects, as these make the mind to feel cluttered too. A clear desk space is vital and should always be the aim of the user. It can be easily achieved; feng shui advises that at least, 50% of desk space should be clear, meaning you should only have the very essentials things you need while working on your desk at all times.
In the present era where almost all employees are working on computers, it’s important to keep wires out of sight but well managed to maintain order and harmony. One of the common ways to achieve this is by feeding your wires through a hole in the desk, or simply stick them by taking them around the back of the desk with cable ties.
Structuring the environment at workplace
Ideally, chairs should be facing towards the door; in feng shui this signifies being welcoming new possibilities with open arms.
Additionally, you should place a small barrier such as a plant or short dividing panel in open and shared desks. Direct face-to-face arrangements may cause lack of focus and a small barrier can help your members maintain peace of mind and privacy without withdrawing too much from the shared environment in any way.
Ordering your day
Feng shui also goes beyond bringing harmony to the surroundings, it further aims to establish stability and serenity in personal and professional lives of each individual. A key tenet of feng shui thought is to avoid being overburdened and avoid juggling too many tasks at a time.
In this aspect, feng shui recommends compartmentalizing tasks every day, rather than attempting to accomplish them all at once. This means fixing a time to do paperwork, deciding another time to have meetings, and may be another one for creative work and so on.