Recent figures from the UK show that a worrying 61% of employees are borrowing to meet their daily basic needs. With anxiety over finances on the increase, could Feng Shui offer an alternative way to promote financial wellbeing? Here we’ve outlined seven easy Feng Shui office tips to promote wealth.
Feng Shui is a 5000-year-old practice based in Chinese Taoist philosophy. Followers of Feng Shui believe that the correct alignment of energy (or chi) brings health and wealth.
The way this is achieved is by allowing energy to flow and by using elements like water and wood. But wealth doesn’t only mean in the financial sense. Wealth can also mean friendships, luck, and opportunities.
A space where energy can’t flow freely can negatively affect our mental health and our performance. The concept behind Feng Shui is to create a space where energy flows; a space conducive to our mental and physical wellbeing.
In Asia, Feng Shui is a very serious affair. A survey found that 70% of Taiwanese businesses spent an average of $27,000 on Feng Shui consultations, designs, and remodelling fees.
But let’s face it, you don’t need to spend $27,000 to know that the environment we work in affects how we feel. The link between our environment and our mental health is well-documented.
Taking onboard Feng Shui office tips for wealth doesn’t mean you have to totally redecorate your office. You can start by simply fixing that broken drawer and decluttering your desk.
Simple actions can make big improvements to the way you feel in the workspace. Here are our seven top tips:
It’s tempting to keep things we think we might one day need, but this quickly creates cluttered spaces unless they’re well organised. Feng Shui is all about removing anything that causes energy to stagnate.
Blocked energy means wealth cannot flow freely, so ditching old files and paperwork is important. But if you’re not ready to throw them away, then consider storing them out of sight in labelled folders.
A tidy, organised desk reflects a productive, well-organised mindset. This, in turn, allows the energy to flow and attracts wealth.
When using Feng Shui to attract wealth, objects that need repairing are a big obstacle to creating balance. And that includes financial balance too.
A dripping tap isn’t only annoying, it’s also bad energy. In Feng Shui it literally symbolises finances draining away. Taken practically though, it’s easy to see how a dripping tap and a loose toilet seat are not exactly symbols of abundance.
Make sure your desk is facing the door in a position of power. From a purely practical sense, you want to see who’s coming in and out of the office. From a psychological perspective, having your back to the door could make you feel insecure and uneasy.
When considering Feng Shui office tips for wealth, having your back to the door symbolises missed opportunities. Missed opportunities normally mean loss of financial gain.
Green houseplants add vibrant energy to a room, and they balance out any negative Chi or energy. In addition, they absorb excess noise and improve air quality.
A global study of 7,600 office workers from 16 countries found that employees in an office with natural elements have a 15% higher level of wellbeing and were 6% more productive. Adding greenery is an easy Feng Shui win for most.
Plants that are favoured by Feng Shui include:
You may be wondering what a prosperity corner is. According to Feng Shui principles, a prosperity corner is an area dedicated to wealth. Also called an abundance corner, it’s positioned in the furthest left-hand corner of your office as you stand looking in from the door.
You could think of this as a kind of vision board. You can decorate the corner with objects that represent wealth and abundance. For some, this might be pictures of luxury items or simply a luxurious bunch of fresh flowers.
Other common items that Feng Shui followers put in their prosperity corner include:
Remember to combine citrine crystals with wood and water elements in your prosperity corner. This is because water encourages abundance to flow and wood represents the earth, which creates stability.
Feng Shui office tips for wealth wouldn’t be complete without talking about colour. Purple is the colour of wealth and has been for centuries.
Kings, queens, and emperors throughout history wore purple as a sign of wealth and authority. There’s no need to paint the entire office, though. A purple amethyst crystal, some mauve cushions, or even some purple flowers will help attract wealth and abundance.
To give you a deeper understanding of the importance of colour in Feng Shui, we’ve listed some of the most important ones here:
Bring as much natural light into the office as possible. A study investigating the health implications of daylight exposure found that, among office workers, an increase in natural light has positive effects on mood and performance.
In Feng Shui, light brings balance and harmony to every space. If natural light is not an option, artificial light is the next best thing. Try to avoid dark gloomy spaces because this is where energy stagnates.
As well as using Feng Shui to promote wealth, consider looking into other ways to enhance and nurture your financial wellbeing.
As a nation, we’re not that great at saving. In fact, 11.5 million people in the UK have less than £100 in savings.
So when an expected cost comes from nowhere, it can be a challenge to find the funds. Even if you have savings, you might be reluctant (or unable) to use them.
It can be frustrating, worrying and even stressful to receive an unexpected bill and not be in a financial position to pay it. Especially when you consider that employees earn money all month long, but only get paid for them at the end of the month.
On-demand pay (also called earned wage access) lets employees access the money they’ve already earned at any time in the month, without waiting for a designated payday.
It’s not a loan, and it gives employees more control over when and how frequently they’re paid. On-demand pay can help take the pressure off when an unexpected bill comes up and reduce worry than can come with rigid pay cycles.
Learn more about on-demand pay and how it can help boost financial wellbeing.