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Configuring Your Office Layout
this issue, CHRIS YEO discusses office layout and urges a move away
from the conventional centipede or railway track design. He offers
alternative ideas to designing office arrangements that are more
conducive to harmonious chi and for promoting better employee relations
in the workplace.
The design of office environment can take inspiration from many
different shapes and formations. What is most commonly found in offices
are what the feng shui experts refer to as the centipede arrangement,
that looks very much like railway tracks. This layout is very effective
for saving space. It is also a very practical way of arranging seating
arrangements according to categorization of staff. However from a feng
shui viewpoint, this arrangement can be detrimental to the working
environment. It creates a certain tension to the chi of the space,
resulting in friction between staff and causing gossiping and
This arrangement also creates a claustrophobic environment, since
every direction anyone face causes them to be in confrontation with a
neighbour. The rigidly tight lines of the table arrangements are not
conducive to a smooth flow of energy and movement around the office.
Other related effects of this office layout could result in people
sitting at their tables without any form of support. This happens when
they sit with their back to corridors or windows. The segregation of
personnel in this environment is rigid and leads to an unfriendly
solemn working atmosphere. Why not deviate from the conventional
approach and investigate new ideas that incorporate feng shui
conventions into office layout design? Consider your office as not just
a room for working, but regard it instead as a space for interaction
between staff and clients - a space that generates a sense of harmony,
friendliness and most importantly, where the energies are always
inspired and creative. This benefits the company enormously.
The Winding Path Simulates The Dragon
Consider A Winding Traffic Flow
Design a pathway that simulates the presence of the auspicious
dragon.(see main picture above) You can do this by using the floor
carpet to create a river that can also be regarded as the ‘path of the
dragon’. If you have a larger budget you can use tiles, pebble wash or
even marble – it depends on how elaborate you want the dragon path to
be. Remember that the grander the dragon, the greater the likelihood of
him bringing wealth and prosperity.
Consider Changing The Design Of Table Layouts
Modular table arrangements offer flexibility in the creation of
workspace. One great design is the four-leaf clover arrangement not
just because it symbolizes good fortune, but more than that, it offers
several “facing directions” to maximize the use of KUA formula feng
shui which enables you to seat staff according to the direction best
suited for them.
Consider Incorporating Auspicious Symbols
Be creative when designing your office theme. One suggestion: how
about a carpet design that has a rainbow leading to a pot of gold that
ends where your finance people sit. Or how about incorporating an
auspicious sailing ship bringing gold and opportunities to your office
coming from the most auspicious direction of every year. Or from a
direction that spells success for the owner or CEO.
Consider Auspicious Sitting & Facing Directions Your Staff
For management staff, it is best to have them face their Sheng Chi
or wealth direction. And for lower or entry level staff to have them
face their Fu Wei or personal development direction to benefit them.
With a flexible layout plan, you can reorient table arrangements to
create maximum good feng shui for all your staff.
Consider The Auspicious 8 Formation
Creating a figure 8 pattern allows personnel to sit with their
backs to each other all sharing a central display podium. This
arrangement allows privacy for each sector while simultaneously
creating a shared central interaction zone. This office arrangement is
perfect for departmental or project based systems as it allows
interdepartment interaction, yet offers privacy for each department.
Consider The Hybrid Design
Best is to create an office layout to suit your needs. Determine
the areas to allocate for management and staff of the different
departments. As illustrated, to the right, the lower zone is for
management personal with ample personal space and privacy and with one
entry point. The upper tables are separated into a project-based system
on the right hand side, while a more open concept table design on the
left is dedicated to operations or clerical staff. Any kind of table
formation can be generated depending on function or space.
Be sure to create an auspicious flow through the office using
carpets, wood or tiles. Make sure all staff sit facing their auspicious
directions. Create modular table designs that do not force people to be
in confrontation with each other. Use table arrangements to create
zones, yet always maintain the auspicious flow of people movement. This
is what creates good chi energy.
The following article is taken from the "Feng Shui World (Mar/Apr 2005)". To subscribe, please click here.