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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Become... "one" with your cubicle...

If your workspace makes you shudder and your job is the pits or you're making no money or feel like you're in a rut, you might need to find some balance and set some goals. You could find peace in the workplace with the ancient art of feng shui.

"Feng Shui (pronounced fung-schway) is an ancient Chinese philosophy of design that can be applied to any room, building and desktop. It's mainly about how your space makes you feel – often on a subtle, energetic level," write Holly Ziegler and Jennifer Lawler in their book Feng Shui Your Workspace for Dummies. It literally means "wind and water" which refers to the two universal elements essential for life. These forces are connected to "chi," meaning life energy or life force. Feng shui allows you to harness your life energy to enrich your environment and create balance in your life.

How can applying it to workplace help your job? Whether the corner office, a cube or a desktop feng shui can be used to cure imbalances, erase energy blockers and even soothe your interaction with difficult co-workers. It can make you more productive and help you accomplish career goals. You create and use intentions – state what you want and then make the changes.

Comments:
I did this 6 months ago when I came into my new workspace. In touring our building I came across an office that had a great vibe, I asked who the office belonged to and it was one of the VP's. She was noted as a "Feng Shui" expert, so I "recruited" her to help me decorate and balance my office.

I noticed that as we made the changes, not only did it feel better to me, but people began commenting that they "liked" my office, even though they didn't know what I was doing to it, nor did I tell them.

Decided to go further into the concept post Christmas by adding a calendar featuring The Chinese Brush Painting of Ching-Mao Hsuch and integrating a small Feng Shui sand & rock garden on my desk. Now my co-workers come in and enjoy arranging the rocks, playing in my "sandbox", not to be confused with MSN's sandbox;)

The serenity has helped my focused on my web based internet recruiting searches, reduced fatigue and supports my own "sanctuary". You would not think that complex Boolean logic and Feng Shui go together but they do. My co-workers do kid me constantly asking when I'm going to bring in the incense burner. They walk in my office, assume a meditative stance and say OMMMMMM. It's funny, and they like also.

Now if anyone wants to send me one of those 4 foot tall slabs of rock with the water running down it.......

Best regards,

Russ Moon,CIR,CDR
Sourcing Researcher
MeadWestvaco
 
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