JUNIATA BUILDING SERVICES
"Turning Workplaces Into Comfort Zones"
Janitorial Services and Office Cleaning
Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties
Feng Shui for Office Harmony
In almost all building-occupant surveys, 3 of the most common complaints are bad air quality, bad lighting and uncomfortable working spaces. With this page we're going to try to address these problems by approaching them from a slightly different direction - Chinese Feng Shui.
We created this page because we have seen many offices that don't seem to work nearly as well for their occupants as those that are well-organized and personalized. And, admittedly, we just like saying, “fung shway”!
Feng Shui (which, translated to English, means "wind and water") is the ancient Chinese art of arranging your surroundings in such a way that your life is happier, calmer, healthier, and more energetic. Feng Shui is meant to improve "Chi" (which is pronounced "chee", and means “energy" or "life-force"). A basic tenet of Feng Shui is that "simpler is better". Clutter is disturbing to the Chi; cleanliness, simplicity and order are calming.
No matter how you feel about Feng Shui, there are definitely some gains to be had by experimenting with different office arrangements. We don't claim to be experts on Feng Shui, of course, so we had to do some web cruising on the subject, and we found some interesting ways to improve your Chi.
Problem : You get a lot of glare on your computer screen from the sun. Solution : Experiment with your mini-blinds, possibly tilting them at a different angle halfway through the day, or move your monitor or desk. Or try putting a folding shoji screen behind you. It will filter the light, and soften it.
Problem : The room contains a tall piece of furniture within your line of vision. This can have the effect of making you uncomfortable, because large items looming over you make you feel "dominated". Remember when you were a kid, and all the adults seemed so huge? Solution: Move that big mean piece of wood! Also, dark furniture might look great in the showroom, but it absorbs light and can make that part of your office seem small and gloomy.
Problem : Your work area is dark, or the ceiling light fixtures are spaced wrong for your desk. Two solutions:
(1) Add a task light on or above your desk. There are so many choices in task lighting today, and one that's "your style" can help personalize your work area. The floor-standing torchiere fixtures that bounce light off the ceiling are easy on your eyes and yet they can add a lot of nice, soft light.
(2) Most ceiling-suspended light fixtures are usually pretty easy to add or move. They remove a ceiling tile, drop a fixture in, and wire it in with the other surrounding fixtures. Every building usually has a dozen extra fixtures in the storage room, just waiting to brighten your day.
And speaking of lights, the moment you notice that you have a burnt-out or flickering light overhead, bring it to someone's attention. “Strobing” lights can bring on a headache and eye-strain very quickly. And if you have control over things like what type of fluorescent tubes are in your office, go to Home Depot or Lowe’s and buy some tubes that say “natural” or “full-spectrum”.
Problem : A heating or air-conditioning duct is above your chair, blowing hot or cold air onto you. Solution : Ask your maintenance man to install a diverter on the duct.
Opposite Problem : There is no air movement in your area; the air feels dead and stagnant. Solution : Get a HEPA air purifier with a fan, something that will move some air and clean it at the same time. Find one with very low noise.
Problem : A desk lamp is positioned on the side of your dominant hand. This can be a problem because the light casts a shadow over whatever you're working on, be it your keyboard or a piece of paperwork. Anytime your eyes have to screen out a shadow to see what you're working on, it saps your ability to concentrate. Solution : Write with your other hand! We're kidding. Move that lamp so it shines from the other direction, and preferably from an angle where it doesn't shine in your eyes or create glare.
Problem : You can't see outside while sitting at your desk. This is a problem because your Chi appreciates a connection with nature. Solution : Hang a large nature wall-hanging on a wall that's in your line of sight, or put a potted plant, or even a nice bonsai tree, on or next to your desk.
Problem : Your desk or computer is next to the door. People are constantly walking by, and, even if they don't always peek in or otherwise bother you, you feel like you have no privacy. Solution : Get a nice folding shoji screen to put between your door and your desk.
Problem : You have to cross the telephone cord over your workspace to listen with your favored ear. Supposedly this messes up your Chi. Solution : Easy. Move the phone or get a longer cord. Or, better yet, get the boss to spring for a wireless headset!
Problem : You don't have kinetic or energetic objects in your office. Your Chi needs energy around it to feel energetic. Solution : Get one of those nice trickling fountains, or put a small fan at the base of a plant so the leaves will move a bit. Here's a janitor tip - for fountains, use distilled or boiled water. Your fountain pump will last much longer, and it won't stain everything around it with hard-water spots.
Problem : Your office shares a wall with a restroom, print room, or other noisy room.
Solution : If you really have some pull with the powers-that-be, ask that the wall be filled with insulation. If not, hang a long heavy tapestry on a dowel a couple of inches away from the wall. It'll help deaden the noise.
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