So you’ve landed a great job and have a brand new cubicle (or you’ve been in your job a while and you’ve decided your cubicle decor needs to be updated). This post is for you. Today we’re focusing on cubicles. If you want know about office Feng Shui or the Feng Shui of open concept work spaces let me know in the comments and I’ll put together the information on those topics.
Cubicle Feng Shui – the main points.
- You must have a view to the door (or entrance, since here is no door). Feeling vulnerable is a great cause of distraction, poor concentration and interrupted work flow. It’s ideal if you sit so you can swivel your chair to see the entrance. If your back is to the entrance place a mirror or picture framed with glass (so it creates a reflection) in a position so you can see behind you. You don’t have to see the person’s face. It will be enough just to be able to detect movement behind you.
- The things at your eye level will have the most influence on your behavior. Since the majority of time spent in a cubicle is seated this means the things eye level when you’re sitting down. If those things are pictures of your family (their happiness is a great motivator for success) or your goals or a dream destination then you’re more likely to take action that lead to a positive outcome. This means your collection of Dilbert cartoons may be counterproductive even if they are hilarious.
- The things at everyone else’s eye level influences how others see you. Most visitors to a cubicle stand and so the things at their eye level tell them who you are. So your collection of Hello Kitty dolls or empty beer botttles from local breweries may not be telling the story you want. Instead things like a neat bulletin board (which shows organization skills) or a picture of your doing charity work with others (which shows ability to work with a team) can help your reputation in the office.
- Clutter can be a strategy. If clutter is everywhere in your cubicle you appear to be disorganized and ineffective. However, if your cubicle is neat and tidy but a portion of your desk is covered with papers, files, prototypes or other project-related-items you look busy and productive. This is even more effective if the pile changes from time to time either in location or contents.
Let me know if you want help with the Feng Shui of your cubicle.