Working wonders

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 December, 2007, 12:00am

When sitting at your work desk, you should note your immediate environment and apply fung shui principles to optimise your performance. It is preferable to sit with your back to a wall or partition but those who work in an open-plan office do not have that luxury. If you are constantly surprised by colleagues standing behind you, consider using a small mirror, which will allow you to observe someone approaching from behind. You can also use some indoor plants to serve as a barrier behind you.

You should take note of any overhead fixtures. Sitting directly below a beam, visible water pipe, television monitor or fluorescent light will impair your concentration and result in headaches. Move your desk or chair to ensure there are no projections above you.

It is also important you are able to walk away from your desk comfortably. If you need to squeeze yourself between a wall or pillar to enter or leave your workspace, you may experience professional obstacles. Reposition your desk or opt for a smaller one to address this issue. The area below your desk should not be used for storage, otherwise your legs will constantly kick against objects. This will result in irritability and frustration.