By Jessica Taylor
Take a minute to look around your office. Is it appealing to your patients? Does it promote well-being?
Believe it or not, your office layout affects your work life as well as your patients; feng shui can also affect you, your patients and staff. How a space feels affects how people respond at a conscious and unconscious level, says feng shui consultant and lecturer Linda Varone, RN, MA, CFS.
While some spaces just don’t feel right and people want to leave right away, other spaces invite people to relax and talk comfortably about personal concerns. Chinese culture, wind (feng) and water (shui) are associated with good health, thus “good feng shui” came to mean good fortune, while “bad feng shui” means bad luck, or misfortune.
A poorly laid-out office plan with sharp angles, a darkly lit entrance to your office, and items piled up in your foyer will add stress subconsciously. With repeated exposure, this stress can lead to depression and illness. The United States is one of the most stressed nations in the world. The World Health Organization has called stress “the health epidemic of the 21st century.”
So how do you feng shui your office into an inviting, healthy environment? Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to that perfect atmosphere.
Try not to stuff your office with magazines, TVs, radios and other devices to improve the atmosphere. Creating a relaxing, functional and appealing medical office can be difficult. With that said, when you make use of feng shui, it can be used to enhance your office as well as make it an inviting, healthy, pleasing place to visit and work in.
Jessica Taylor is the medical editor for Multibriefs and has been a journalist and writer for more than 10 years. Jessica received her bachelor’s degree in communications with a dual concentration in media studies and journalism from Virginia Wesleyan College. She’s been awarded first place in headline writing from the Virginia Press Association and an honorable mention for design and content from the Society of Collegiate Journalists.
abeo Management Corporation (abeo) serves as a leading source of revenue cycle management and practice management with a specialization in anesthesia. The company leverages its people, processes, and software to serve independent practices, surgery centers, hospitals and healthcare systems with a scope of services that include billing, coding, transcription, practice management, and business consulting.