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Feng shui your way to a calmer office

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Short of relaxing on a white-sand beach, what’s the best way to curb stress and stay mentally healthy? Try creating an atmosphere of calm in the office with the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui.

It works like this: By adjusting the physical setup, such as furniture and lighting, feng shui can boost productivity, profits and morale, while cutting back on politicking.

But does it really work? The tangible benefits are difficult to prove. But creating a more “harmonious” work environment promotes better employee interactions and decreases conflict.

Try adding a little feng shui to your office:

• Position your desk in the “command position.” Sit with your back to the wall, at a diagonal from the door (or so you’re facing oncoming “traffic”). If your back faces the door, Chinese folklore predicts that a stab in the back is inevitable.

• Use full-spectrum light bulbs in the office to simulate natural sunlight.

• Keep live plants around to promote energy and active movement.

• Avoid abstract art.

• Infuse the air with orange or other citrus scents to keep you aware and focused on work.

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