We considered the effects of fung shui on employees in relation to the layout and design of the office last week. However, what happens when you find yourself having difficulties with a few colleagues, or a superior? Consider how you are sitting relative to the person you are having conflicts with. Are any corners of your desk pointing directly towards the person when he or she is working? Is the person's desk pointing at you? Corners or edges that are pointing towards you - known in fung shui as 'poison arrows' - will cause sha chi or negative energy, resulting in agitation and irritation that may develop into aggression. Rearrange the desks so that they lie parallel and do not have any corners or edges pointing towards you. Failing that, use cabinets. Pay attention to any objects placed on the desk of colleagues who are causing tension. Some, in an attempt to gain an advantage, may place aggressive figures such as Kuan Kong (the god of war) or terracotta soldiers that may be aimed at colleagues. If you see such figures directed at you or others, discuss it with that colleague. If he or she refuses to do anything, consider placing a mirror to reflect back the negative energy, or place another figurine, such as a terracotta warrior, to protect yourself. If you are having problems with your boss, look at the layout of his or her office. Is he or she sitting with their back to a window that has the sharp edge of a building pointed towards them? That may account for their irritability. Discuss reorienting their desk, so that your boss sits with a wall behind him or her.