What is Good Feng Shui for the Office?

Chris Kohatsu

Karma, Chi, the Force, whatever you want to call it, the art of feng shui is about attracting the best energies into your life. Common principles of feng shui revolve around balanced design elements that welcome good chi, fill the body with positive influences, and bring energy and rejuvenation into daily activities. Feng shui is not only applied at home, but in the workplace as well. In determining good feng shui for the office, follow these simple steps.

Keeping workspaces clean is a key part of Feng Shui.
Keeping workspaces clean is a key part of Feng Shui.

Balance yin and yang: When it comes to decorating, find a way to balance dark and light colors. If your desk is a dark color, paint your walls a soft color. Try to also balance hard and soft surfaces and office components. If a lot of metal is present, such as a file cabinet, computer, or bank safe, balance the metal with earth potted plants, a small running water fountain, and plenty of sunlight and air.

Placement of equipment is important when creating good office feng shui.
Placement of equipment is important when creating good office feng shui.

Position yourself to command: Never work with your back to the door. Always situate your desk so that you directly face anyone that enters into your workspace. If it is not possible to do this, try placing a small mirror by your desk so that you can see who is coming and going. This gesture symbolizes that you are eagerly accepting fortune and opportunity, rather than turning your back on them.

Avoid spiked plants: Cactus and other pointed plants make for bad feng shui, as the spikes can chase away good chi. Choose plants that are welcoming, healthy, and green. Bamboo shoots, flowering plants, and indoor bushes are good choices for office feng shui. Remember to keep your plants vibrant and to quickly discard wilting or rotted plants, lest they invite dead energy to hang around your desk!

Keep your space clean: Disorganized, messy piles, and unending clutter not only chase away good energy, they encourage bad energy to hang around. Mess not only weighs down a workspace, but according to feng shui for the office principles, it is believed to weigh down your mind and body too. Good office feng shui says that regular housekeeping not only keeps the office clean, but does wonders for the mind and body as well.

Watch the negativity: If your office has too many windows or is constructed of transparent walls, you may feel vulnerable to attack. Hang blinds or other objects to obstruct peering eyes and unwanted visibility. Don’t over do it, however, as you want good chi to see you. Remember, when it comes to feng shui for the office, balance is key.

Hanging blinds can improve the office environment.
Hanging blinds can improve the office environment.

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Discussion Comments


@Grivusangel -- I laughed out loud when I read your post. Do you work in my office? Ha. I have often suggested walking seven times around the building and then blowing a horn to see if the place is sufficiently cursed that the walls would fall down!

Alternatively, I have also theorized that if holy water were flicked on the boss's desk, it would sizzle. So feng shui might be a viable option. No one would probably object to it, and maybe it might work. Who knows? I have a friend who's into that sort of thing. I may ask her to offer some suggestions for improving the office feng shui.


Normally, I'd call it just so much mumbo jumbo, but if there is anything to the whole feng shui business, I'd say our office needs it in the worst way. Morale is terrible, people are afraid of being laid off... Heck, the whole building needs a feng shui overhaul! It's certainly preferable to the boss selling his soul to the devil and it's time to collect, which is something else being said around the office, even if in jest.

Maybe I’ll get a book on feng shui and see if we can get the gang together and put together some nice energy. It certainly couldn’t hurt.

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