Jin Peh

Ancient art for success

If you are starting the year by moving into a new office, fung shui could help boost your business.

Monday, 2 January, 2012, 12:00am

Ancient art for success

If you are starting the year by moving into a new office, fung shui could help boost your business.

Inquire about who occupied the office before and why they moved out. If it was someone who expanded their business and moved to a bigger office, do not hesitate about moving in.

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Screening off bad vibes

There can be a variety of things involved in difficult work relations, be it the relationship between boss and employee or between co-workers.

17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Art of sitting pretty lucky

Good interpersonal relationships with your colleagues will result in a conducive environment in which everyone feels a part of the team.

Conflicts between officemates not only contribute to a stressful workplace but may also lead to downsizing or even shutdown of the department.

To prevent discord, you need to consider certain fung shui factors.

23 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

View can make you leave or stay

Feng shui principles can be employed by companies to keep employees productive and contented.

The seating plan should not be underestimated.

Some firms opt for an open plan to reduce feelings of alienation or division.

25 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Choose the best sitting position

My boss has passed me over for promotion twice. What can I do to boost my job prospects? Joe

14 May 2011 - 12:00am

Try to block out negative energy

My boss is unreasonably demanding. Would fung shui help? Fanny

16 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Searching for a star

The Flying Star method of fung shui takes into account the element of time and can identify which sector of your home or office is associated with a specific event.

2 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Changing places

The fung shui of your home may be altered by seemingly innocuous activities. As such, renovations should not be carried out in inappropriate sectors, which are determined by the year. For instance, you should not knock down a wall in the Grand Duke sector, the area corresponding to the year's Chinese zodiac animal.

25 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Pole position

Allocating departments to their appropriate sector within an office will ensure a company runs smoothly. The managing director should be in the power position, which is generally the area diagonally opposite the main entrance. It is preferable for him/her to be in a separate room, otherwise their ability to delegate and manage may be compromised.

30 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

In the hot seat

When attending a business meeting, it is preferable to sit with your back to the wall, facing the entrance. Regardless of whether you are the host or a guest, you should not sit with your back to the door, or near it. When this is not possible, try to adhere to the following guidelines.

9 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Working miracles

Modern offices tend to have a window on one or more sides. Regardless of how attractive the view is, it is not recommended to sit facing a window, as this may result in distraction and a decreasing appreciation of the view. If you sit with your back to the entrance, you will be vulnerable to rumours and backstabbing from your associates.

2 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

A warm welcome

When entering an office, our first impressions are gained from the reception area, which is why the location of the receptionist's desk is important. If the desk is aligned with the main entrance, the door will open towards the receptionist, placing the company in a vulnerable position.

19 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

State of emergency

Fung shui principles apply to commercial properties as well as to residential ones. In an office or shop, for instance, no emergency apparatus - such as fire extinguishers, axes or water hoses - should be directly opposite the entrance, otherwise occupants will experience obstacles in their careers. Such items should be immediately relocated.

12 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

False idols

Clients are advised to exercise caution when following the advice of fung shui consultants, especially if the advice results in significant disruption to their life. Like all professionals, fung shui masters should take responsibility for their suggestions and act ethically.

24 Jun 2007 - 12:00am