When a Chinese company purchased two floors of office space in Manhattan recently, New Yorkers were amazed at the importance its owners placed on fung shui. Yet, in Hong Kong, the age-old principles of geomancy continue to influence modern offices each day. Traditions aside, fung shui is aimed at enhancing productivity, while minimising stress and conflict - laudable aims that would be embraced by office managers whether they're from the East or West. Geomancers say those fortunate to have an office of their own should ideally get one that is rectangular - or square-shaped with a solid door, at least one window and a well positioned desk. However, ideal workspaces are hard to come by, but there are remedies. Firstly, if your office is an irregular-shaped room, fung shui experts suggest placing faceted crystal spheres, plants or mirrors to give a sense that geometric balance is restored. 'If you're in a very odd-shaped office, you may have sudden setbacks and ongoing frustration at work,' says Zoey, a Mong Kok fortune teller. But most of us can't change offices, so the nine green-plant remedy, which entails adding nine healthy new plants to one's space all on the same day, is recommended. 'They should be bought with warding off bad energy in mind.' If possible, plants should be positioned near odd angles, cramped spaces, posts and the like. 'Doing this, you will see your career and business improve right before your eyes,' says Zoey, who asked for only her first name to be used as she works as a personal assistant by day, and is a geomancer in her spare time. Many offices have protruding corners, pillars, posts, columns and duct vents that disrupt energy flow or, worse still, channel negative energy at one's desk - known as 'poison arrows'. Placing a large plant in front of the troublesome feature, or hanging a faceted crystal sphere between the unpleasant sight and your desk can mitigate it. Also, glass walls can create feelings of vulnerability. Hanging mini-blinds covering the glassed-in area help because, even if they're not regularly used, having them gives more protection. Alternatively, hanging faceted crystal spheres from the ceiling with red ribbons cut into nine-inch strips helps. 'Use one crystal ball for every five [linear] feet of window space,' Zoey says. However, a cubicle is tougher for fung shui than an office, as workers don't really work off a desk but a countertop. Yet, there are fixes to this situation. 'Ensure you can see the entrance to your cube from your desk,' she says. While Zoey advises moving one's seated position, if possible, she doesn't recommend cramping one's style because it hurts productivity more directly. 'If you're stuck where you are, place a 20cm by 25cm mirror in a picture frame, or on a small stand, to reflect the entrance of the cube to allow you to see if someone is coming,' she says. Some subconsciously use the reflections on their computer monitors to see who's approaching, because 'seeing the entrance or exit is a primal, instinctive human imperative'. But computer screen reflections can be distorted and unclear. Zoey also stresses 'fostering dynamic, flowing energy is crucial'. You can get around a small cube by bringing an odd number of healthy plants to work to have 'more active, vibrant vibes in your space'. She also suggests a nice fountain near the entrance of one's cube as beneficial to stimulating more wealth or promotions. 'It can be one of the cheap, small, battery-operated fountains that kids buy, but it can still boost your spirits and deflect negative chi flows in your desk's proximity,' Zoey says. But if space or office rules prevent a fountain, the same benefits can be derived from a photo of flowing water.