Creating a Healthy Work Space: Part 4 – Space and Work Surfaces
In any workplace situation whether at home or in a corporate environment it is important to create a space where energy can flow and not become trapped or stagnant due to clutter and obstacles. Therefore, for better health and safety and for improved career or business potential, always keep traffic areas between furniture clear so that people can easily navigate around things, and ensure there is plenty of flow around a room so that the energy can circulate properly.
Concealed storage helps to reduce the appearance of untidiness and clutter in a room and creates a more spacious and neat effect, giving an overall appearance of calm and order. Furniture with soft edges rather than sharp corners will prevent the energy from being cut up and misaligned. Plenty of light, preferably natural, will also lift the chi and create a more vibrant workplace and a more productive output.
Lots of uncluttered work surfaces promote clear thinking, solutions to problems, quick decision-making, better planning and easier tasking. Like the domino effect, the more clear work surfaces there are, the more work gets done and at a faster pace leading to a higher output and more turn-over for the business! Good feng shui equals good business and happy staff.
Rooms tend to look and feel better with low furniture in them, and this also ensures there are more work surfaces available to use. Tall items should always be positioned behind you when you are seated at your desk, but not too close, especially if they seem as though they are likely to topple forward. It is widely regarded that you get more done when you tackle difficult tasks first thing and leave easier tasks to later in the day, and you are at your most productive when you only handle paperwork once because this way if you pick it up it has to be dealt with immediately!
Next week read the next part of my blog, Part 5 – Organisation and Tasking