Five Feng Shui Tips to Increase Retention
According to a recent Brookings Institute study, 85 percent of
American companies’ assets are human talent – not machinery,
electronics or other tangibles. This means leaders must shift their
thinking from past strategies to meet today’s needs by creating
employee relationships, and with much less stress. Energy drainers
such as divisive cubicle walls and harsh paint colors can have a
negative impact on the bottom line.
So, how does today’s leader remove the energy drainers from
the workspace, and then focus positive energy on improving
creativity, interdependence and profitability? The answer can be as
simple as changing the color of the walls.
transformational solutions should be easy to implement, inexpensive
and results-oriented. The following suggestions are based on Feng
Shui principles, which will help you build a 21st Century
bridge to higher employee retention and job satisfaction while
increasing productivity, efficiency and profits.
Remove energy draining barriers.
Human resources matter – they are your biggest asset. Evaluate
workplace surroundings to see what is hampering your employees’
ability to concentrate and be productive. Is there clutter
everywhere? Are there boxes to be tossed, papers to be filed and
inefficient organizational tools?
The fact is,
even in this electronic age, we are drowning in paperwork and
ways now to eliminate the clutter and organize their space so your
employees can focus.
cubicles and walls standing in the way of communicating with others
and resolving problems? Reorganize your employees’ workspace by
tearing down those walls or replacing them with something clear so
their space is more expansive rather than caged. The last thing most
Generation X, Millennials and Generation Y workers want to do is sit
in a cubicle for the rest of their lives.
Paint the walls.
Look at what is going on around you, in your office surroundings and
workplace environment. Are their certain areas that provide calm and
others where chaos rules the day? Paint the walls a different color.
Each color provides energy and has either a positive or negative
effect on productivity and relationships.
rid of that impersonal white or gray, and replace it with calming
light green or blue in chaotic high tension areas. These colors work
well in IT areas, hospitals, manufacturing and deadline-oriented
spaces such as newsrooms. In areas that are customer- and employee
relations oriented, or have any contact with clients, paint the
walls a soft earth tone such as light terra cotta. This color
Communication is key.
While technology provides instant access to everything and everyone,
it also limits the employee’s ability to communicate and connect
with others. The advances technology has provided in the form of
instant communication are great except they are also impersonal
connections, void of any feeling or emotion. Great care must be
taken to compensate for its hard-edged impersonal energy.
Because communicating electronically is very impersonal, surprise an
employee or client with an actual phone call instead of texting or
emailing. Stop by her desk in person. If you receive a phone message
from someone – return it. You automatically receive some
satisfaction or emotional connection through hearing the message but
the person that called is still electronically impoverished, waiting
for your return call.
Create harmony through music.
While there is a massive amount of research done on the negative
side effects of noise pollution, there is even more written about
the positive impact and benefits of specific types of music, when
listened to regularly. Research shows that certain kinds of music
can improve self-perception, reduce anxiety, produce a feeling of
calm, while increasing creativity and productivity.
of the most beneficial music is classical music, such as
compositions by Mozart, Bach and Handel. New Age music has also been
shown to be helpful, and there are a number of New Age composers who
create music for very specific needs such as calming, learning,
healing, creativity, success, and even enhancing self-esteem.
Playing the right music throughout your workplace can make a huge
difference in the attitude of your employees and their productivity.
Just remember, you can control of the selection of the music based
on the objectives of the workspace it is used in.
life to the workplace environment.
If your daily routine is filled with computers, big screen
communications, iPods, cell phones and other electronic devices,
make sure you balance all of that hard, impersonal energy technology
with something living. Plants, small indoor trees and aquariums
provide great living energy in the workplace.
plants that reach upward (not downward like ivy) to energize the
health of the business, the flow of new ideas and income. They
should be placed in the east and southeast area of rooms, offices
and desks. Make sure they are well cared for at all times and
replace them immediately if they look sickly. Aquariums can be any
size and shape, and will serve a business well if they have at least
eight fish of a golden color and one black fish to absorb any
negative energy. If the black fish should perish, replace it
immediately. An aquarium’s energy will serve the company best if
located in the north or northeast of an entrance or office. It can
also be used as a clear spacer between employees to replace cubicle
Employee retention need not be a dilemma in today’s environment. It
just needs a different approach. Begin your leadership
transformation by being aware of the differences in doing business
with a whole generation of new employees - and then creating
transformational change through using a few basic Feng Shui
The result: increased efficiency and effectiveness plus
improved client and employee relations, which lead to increased
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