When Feng Shui came out in the 90s it was a big thing. Since then it has become a by-word for paying a lot for getting very little. At relaxedworkplace.com, we asked if there was anything in Feng Shui that could help us out at work and might just give us the edge we need on the phone, in the client project meeting or just getting home on time for once. We asked health and well-being consultant Samuel Furse to give us his top four tips for Japanese harmony at work.
Tip One – Easy reach. Just like us, the Feng Shui gurus don’t believe in bending over backwards to accomplish simple tasks. Everyone wants to have enough energy to enjoy life and deliver at work. So, take a look at your desk. Is your mouse in a useable place or is it next to a pile of stuff that needs doing but you haven’t got there yet? If you use the phone a lot, have that in easy reach too. Phone cables are a fuss, so see if you can get a cordless one. Check you monitor is at the right height for good posture. This can only help stop aches and pains creeping in through the day, and let you go home as fresh as when you arrived.
Tip Two – Enough space. Sadly most of us are not blessed with large offices that we can set out just right, but you might be surprised about how your working environment can be altered so that you can have a comfortable space. Take time to look into space-saving ideas. These could come under the heading of Health and Safety at work initiatives, so won’t be hard to fund.
Tip three – Air. Getting the air environment just right is difficult in many climates, but we need to battle the elements to keep things consistent and thus maintain client focus, daily output, and project productivity. Throughout the year the temperature in Britain can change by up to 45-50 °C – and with global warming who knows what’s around the corner for us. Whatever it is, having systems in place that give you breathable air can only be a plus for managing your objectives.
Tip four – See it coming. If you have a varied work pattern that can change at a moment’s notice, or work for you feels like doing the same thing over and again, remember that you can be ahead of the game too. Equipment and working practices can fail and change, and if you see this coming, plan and adapt to it. No one wants a shock to the system, and so if your work station, office, desk or area is as flexible as possible you have a valuable weapon in keeping both yourself happy, as well as your clients, boss and colleagues happy – and you’ll be much more likely to deliver on time.