Feng shui enhances the overall feeling of well-being in your office as well as your home. In working with clients and workshop participants, it is interesting to see that few people get the connection between their work environment and their health.
Over the last few decades, there have been many studies on the impact of the environment in the office, and one, mostly recently, about the presence of natural light.
This report, “Health, Wellbeing & Productivity in Offices,” by the World Green Building Council, displays compelling evidence on the positive effects of exposure to nature, sunlight, and the quality of air on employee productivity, retention, and morale.
Why is this Important to Businesses?
Since staffing accounts for roughly 90% of a typical business’ operating costs, it is clear that any improvements to these staffing indicators — as long as the benefits outweighs the costs — should be explored. In fact, slight improvements in these indicators can reap huge returns.
Before my career as a feng shui practitioner and teacher and proponent of biophilic (nature) design, I had racked up many years in impoverished office spaces and have felt the negative effects. I value the outcome of environmental psychology studies such as this and hope other important stakeholders will do, as well.
With all the research that has been done to date, still, most organizations ignore the findings. Please share this article with your colleagues and superiors, and perhaps one day they will get the hint.
Read the article here and let me know what you think!
Image credit: “The Park Northpoint – Office View” by Foundation7 – Own work.