By Kathryn Weber
Everyone is working more and more hours in the day. With the availability of cell phones, broadband, home offices, and Internet access at malls and coffee shops, you could just about say that wherever you are, that’s where your office is.
Because you’re working around the clock, in many instances, good office feng shui becomes vital — especially when it’s your home office.
Today many people spend more time at work than they do at home — and that goes double for home office workers.
Contrary to popular thought, many home office workers put in longer hours than their cubicled counterparts.
“Working From Home Increases Productivity. According to one study, remote employees work 1.4 more days per month than their office-based counterparts, resulting in more than three additional weeks of work per year.” ~ BusinessNewsDaily.com
Your home office, if it’s well arranged, can make you more productive and successful. If not, you could suffer from a number of problems that range from lack of recognition and support to politicking and gossip to possible layoffs.
Or, you might just have career malaise where your career is still plugging along, but it just isn’t as good as it could be.
That’s what happened with Barbara, a sales director for a family of radio stations and a single mom. While her job was secure, she couldn’t help but worry since she was the family’s only source of income. Sales were slowly slipping at a time of year when they are usually quite high.
The problem? There were several, really.
Look at the office arrangement below and see if you recognize any of these problems with your own office. Then take a look at how in just three short hours we completely re-arranged her office to put her in a “command” position in her office — and her career. Sales rebounded and she no longer worried about being fired.
Barbara’s Office: BEFORE
As you can see, Barbara was directly facing the door, the source of a very serious poison arrow. Being situated this way is much like sleeping in line with the bedroom door: it’s the “death” position for your career.
- Bookshelf on the north/northeast wall creates poison arrows (backstabbing) at her back.
- Train picture hung behind her desk creates third poison arrow, effectively “pinning” her to her chair.
- L-shaped desk cuts her off at the legs.
- Sales board in the northwest position and not in the wealth (sales) location of the southeast
Barbara’s Office: AFTER
As you can see, the desk was arranged so that Barbara has a solid wall behind her with the two chairs directly facing her. She is also facing the window and the lamp has been moved to the S-SW position.
Here they are again side by side:
Here are some of the other changes we made:
- Sales figures moved to the wealth location.
- Artwork of rivers and a small bulb flower emerging from snow are placed to boost the wealth location.
- Plant is moved to the east location for continued growth and health.
- Desk is arranged by her personal growth direction based on her kua number.
- Bookshelf with stereo and brass coat rack moved to the NW corner of the office.
- Black train picture moved to the north wall to give her career more steam.
- Created a bright hall effect by moving the desk away from the door and having open space in front of the desk. This allows energy to gather in front of you — and that’s vital for opportunities to come to you!
- Solid wall behind her desk gives great support
You’ll notice that Barbara’s home office is now much more inviting and balanced. Opening up the office entrance invites Sheng Chi (harmonious success energy) and it can now meander into her office and settle here. This is called the bright hall space and it brings opportunities and flow into your workspace — and that means more money and opportunities for you to grow in your career. Just remember that having a solid wall behind you and being seated where you can see the door is always the best feng shui and should take priority over personal success directions. 😉
Take a look at your home office and see what you can do to improve your effectiveness and your profitability.