Fortify Against The Flu At Work With Feng Shui
North American Precis Syndicate
Improve total wellness and enhance office energy this flu season by pairing common flu-preventing activities, such as promoting regular hand washing and disinfecting surfaces, with Feng Shui principles. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Chances are your job makes you sick—literally. According
to one recent survey, conducted by Morar Consulting
for Staples, 73 percent of American workers report catching a cold or the flu
at work. Fortunately, there are ways employers and office managers can reduce
this risk for employees. To help maximize total well-being this season,
Staples, along with Feng Shui
expert Susan Chan, created energy-enhancing tips for your office space.
Make Your Office A Flu-Free and
More Zen Zone
• According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the
flu virus can live for up to 48 hours after being left behind on a surface,
so make sure employees have access to surface-cleaning wipes and hand
• Fixes that improve air quality not only help overall office health
traditionally, but also holistically, by improving energy flow. Solutions
include: dusting air vents regularly, opening windows whenever possible,
introducing plants, which are natural air purifiers, or purchasing air
purifiers and filters.
• Replace fluorescent lighting with full-spectrum lights (lighting
that mimics natural light) or add a full-spectrum lamp to your desktop to use
during the day. Office managers can use the Staples Business Advantage
program to purchase these lights for the office.
• Use upward-facing lighting as much as you can. Chan says it lifts
chi and overall energy.
• Introduce revitalizing colors. Green and purple are considered
wood elements in Feng Shui.
Lush and healing, wood elements bring the energy of vibrant health, vitality
and growth to a workspace. Yellows, Chan says, promote health and help you
feel grounded. These colors can be added in the form of photos, images or
accent pieces such as desk accessories.
• Add natural elements such as living things to common areas, like
plants or a fish tank, to promote optimum chi.
• These tips can apply to employee workspaces and common areas. Keep
common areas such as breakrooms and conference
rooms uncluttered to help workers feel smooth energy.
• Encourage staff to return things to where they belong to stay
focused and conscientious.
• Keep the doors to conference rooms open between meetings to
For more information on how to fight the flu, visit Staples Health &
Office managers and decision makers can visit StaplesAdvantage.com for
everything from design tips to improve office energy and productivity to
whatever you may need to increase total wellness. Learn more about Feng Shui and its principles at
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