Today’s employees have a hard time getting all their work done each week. So much so that nearly 70% of workers feel as though they can’t handle all of their job responsibilities, according to our Employee Engagement Report. Maybe they have too much work on their plates. Maybe they’re not organized enough. Or maybe the way they’ve organized their workspaces is actually working against them.
If you or your employees struggle to tackle your workload each week, give feng shui a try. Developed more than three millennia ago in China, feng shui is a philosophy that studies spatial relationships and how energies flow through specific environments. Simply put, when feng shui is “good” in a room, the folks inside of it will benefit from good fortune and health. When feng shui is “bad,” the opposite occurs.
Could bad feng shui be limiting your company’s productivity? Here are some tips that should help the energy start flowing better in your office.
1. Declutter your desk
Clutter causes fatigue. Having a huge pile of paper and tons of garbage on your desk can demoralize you to the point you’d rather sit on your hands than get actual work done. And sticking Post-It notes everywhere can get a little distracting, to say the least.
If you’ve got a messy desk, take a few minutes to clean it. Today. You should notice two things: increased output and coworkers who are no longer scared to approach you.
2. Bring your workspace back from the dead
If your workspace looks dead, there’s probably not much life in your work. Good news: the fix is easy. In addition to keeping you company (you can talk to plants, right?), plants help clear toxins from the air, making every breath you take that much more delicious.
Added bonus: plants grow, just like your career will once you put them in your office.
3. Own your office
In your office, where you place your desk matters most. Choose the most powerful position for your desk. Face the door, so whenever anyone walks in, you own the room right away. The closer you sit to the door, the more likely your employees will pop by to distract you.
So put some distance in between your desk and the door. You’ll be more effective.
4. Get your light game in order
You won’t be productive if your office is incredibly dark or incredibly bright. For feng shui purposes, try to get as much natural light in your office. Obviously you won’t want to have the sun blaring in your eyes the entire day. But open the curtains if you can.
Everyone who’s ever worked under fluorescent lights knows how they make you feel right at home. (Update: we checked the entire Internet. Nobody’s ever said that.)
Rather than forcing yourself to squint all day, buy a table lamp and improve the energy in your office with some warm lighting. The energy will be more relaxed. You’ll be able to concentrate.
5. Decorate your workspace appropriately
Stare at blank walls, and you’re not likely to be inspired. Fill your walls with peaceful artwork, and great ideas will start flowing. Studies show that artwork increases productivity. Choose something that you love, and put it somewhere you’ll see it often.
We spend so many hours at the workplace, so why not make it as comfortable as possible? Follow the steps above to increase the energy flow in your environment.