Feng Shui in companies
Did you know that it is quite possible to follow the principles and methodology of traditional Feng Shui in business premises?
In Malaysia or Hong Kong, you would have to be a crazy businessman to have a capital project for your company and not call upon a feng shui master! The applications of feng shui are not limited to homes. Some people are sometimes reluctant to use Feng Shui for their offices because it can lead to certain layout constraints… It’s true… but the benefits for business are far worth the inconvenience: increased turnover, less absenteeism, better productivity, greater creativity, a better quality of life in the workspace…
The principle of this thousand-year-old Chinese art is always the same: welcome the Chi as best as possible to take advantage of its benefits, and here, a bit like we would like every customer, supplier, partner to be welcomed!
Basic principles of Feng Shui in business
Feng Shui in business is based on the same principles as classical Feng Shui.
The focus is of course on the quality of the chi, the life force that will affect the place. It is important to understand that Feng Shui focuses on the harmonisation of this energy in the environment. In business premises, this means that spaces should be organised in such a way as to maximise the flow of positive energy and minimise the flow of negative energy.
The cycles of the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) should also be used to balance the energy of the workspace.
The Bagua, which divides the space into 8 zones, will be used to identify the key areas of the company or office.
Finally, Yin and Yang, the balance between calm and activity, and in particular between places of creativity, research, and places of meetings or brainstorming, is important to create a harmonious working environment.
This balance can also be managed in the shop window (by using harmonious colours, creating symmetry, using natural materials, avoiding sharp angles, using plants and flowers, creating a pleasant light atmosphere…), so that it reflects positive energy and harmony.
The benefits of Feng Shui in business premises
It offers many benefits for employees, co-workers, customers and even the boss and the company.
By improving the quality of the workspace, Feng Shui can increase employee productivity and creativity, as well as motivation and satisfaction. Feng Shui can also reduce employee stress and anxiety, which can have a positive impact on their mental and physical health.
Optimising the flow of chi in a shop, for example, can help attract customers and promote sales (a sales-friendly atmosphere can be created by using decorative elements and special lighting: customers will feel more comfortable and be more likely to buy if the place is welcoming and pleasant.
By optimising the organisation of the work space, Feng Shui can also improve the flow of energy and thus promote the success of the business by adding fluidity to the activities.
Performing a Bazi analysis, in addition to the expertise, can also improve the company’s brand image as the expert can help you create a coherent brand image using decorative and design elements that reflect the core identity of your company. This can help to strengthen your brand recognition and distinguish it from the competition.
How to apply Feng Shui in the workplace
In order to apply Feng Shui in the workplace, it is important to maintain a clean and orderly workplace. This sounds obvious but I assure you that it was far from being the case in the open spaces that were the last workplaces of my previous professional career. For reasons of economy, cleaning was not done every day, carpeted floors were not vacuumed enough and dusting was done so sparingly that we took the initiative to clean our office ourselves.
The choice of colours and materials must be guided, as in the case of homes, by the principles of Feng Shui, i.e. the adequacy between the colours and materials resulting from the study of the 5 elements superimposed on the different sectors of the workplace. Within the permitted range, colours can be chosen according to the desired effect. For example, red can be used to stimulate energy and passion, while blue can promote concentration and mental clarity.
The design of offices and workspaces should take into account the needs and objectives of the business. For houses, I ask the inhabitants to answer a questionnaire that allows me to find out their aspirations, their objectives and their problems. The same applies to entrepreneurs: as an expert, I need to carry out the analysis in line with the management’s vision.
In addition, the most important element is the actual arrangement of the furniture. It is important to place desks, cupboards, meeting tables, in such a way as to create a fluid flow of energy, avoiding cluttered spaces that can block the flow of energy. Desks should be positioned to allow a clear view of the room, with a chair facing the front door to promote stability and confidence.
Finally, a special focus on lighting: whether natural or artificial, it should be carefully chosen to create a pleasant and stimulating atmosphere. Rooms should be well lit, but not too bright or glaring. Lights should be positioned to create a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.
Pitfalls to avoid in Feng Shui for business
One of the main pitfalls to avoid in Feng Shui, whether you are managing a home or a workspace, is the excessive use of Feng Shui symbols without knowing their meaning, and especially without any link with our western culture. It is obviously more difficult to apply “remedies” such as lithographs or art or decorative objects in a company because the space is shared.
It is also important to avoid the rigid application of Feng Shui principles without taking into account the needs and objectives of the company. I say it over and over again, Feng Shui is at the service of the living, according to the principle of the cosmic trinity. Therefore, a well applied Feng Shui must not go against the rules of the company or those related to its field of activity. The art of Feng Shui cannot be separated from the commercial or marketing context. The added value of the expert must be to reconcile everything: the traditional and the business imperatives.
Finally, it is important not to create a work environment that is too quiet or too stimulating, which could have a negative impact on the productivity and motivation of employees. So the principle of balance is as important in a workspace as it is in a home.
In conclusion, it can be said that the application of Feng Shui in business is not so different from its use in the home. Spaces will be managed differently because they do not have the same use, but completely different methods are not applied. It is a powerful tool for improving the working environment and business performance. By applying the principles of Feng Shui, it is possible to create a harmonious and stimulating work environment, which favours productivity, creativity, motivation…
You are an entrepreneur and you wish to discover the potential of Feng Shui to improve your working environment and the performance of your company? Whether you have a shop, office, institute, salon, open space, head office… I can help you to install the most favourable energies for you, your employees and your company! Contact me for more information!