Divine Vastu Tips to get rid of Office/Workplace Politics

06 Mar

Divine Vastu Tips to get rid of Office/Workplace Politics

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Workplace politics, (office politics or organizational politics) is the use of power and social networking within an organization to achieve changes that benefit the organization or individuals within it. Influence by individuals may serve personal interests without regard to their effect on the organization itself. Some of the personal advantages may include access to tangible assets, or intangible benefits such as status or pseudo-authority that influences the behavior of others. On the other hand, organizational politics can increase efficiency, form interpersonal relationships, expedite change, and profit the organization and its members simultaneously.
Both individuals and groups may engage in office politics which can be highly destructive, as people focus on personal gains at the expense of the organization. “Self-serving political actions can negatively influence our social groupings, cooperation, information sharing, and many other organizational functions.” Thus, it is vital to pay attention to organizational politics and create the right political landscape. “Politics is the lubricant that oils your organization’s internal gears.” Office politics has also been described as “simply how power gets worked out on a practical, day-to-day basis.”
An office environment can nourish and support the human spirit as much as it can deny and suppress it. If our offices are humane, loving, and sacred, then what is produced in those offices will have a sense of humanity and integrity. The act of turning the places where we work into places that we love, can transform our own lives, and will in turn positively affect the lives of everyone around us.

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A proper Vastu based office helps you feel inspired, productive, and powerful. And when done well, it will enhance your creativity, discipline and success. Follow these six essential tips to get rid of office politics.
1.      De-clutter and Organize
2.      Put your Desk is in the proper place 
3.      Use appropriate Artwork and Images
4.      Balancing and Harmonizing the Space
5.      Select appropriate Office Colors 
6.      Amalgamate Stress Relieving Techniques
1. De-clutter and Organize
One of the most fundamental steps in creating an office is to get rid of clutter. If you have read about clutter control then you know that clutter has a profound impact on your emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. When you clear clutter you bring in vital energy that will help you with mental clarity, focus, and inspiration.
 
A clutter-free and organized office allows room for new, refreshing energy and ideas. Maintaining an organized office and desk will help you in innumerable ways. It will:
  • Increase effectiveness, efficiency and productivity
  • Enhance discipline, creativity and success
  • Attract abundance Improve mental clarity and focus
  • Reduce stress and help you to feel more relaxed and peaceful
  • Give space for new projects and creative endeavors to flourish
 
Here are a few other things to keep in mind:
  • Try to leave your desk clutter-free and organized at the end of the day;
  • You might add curved or flowing shapes, darker colors, soft furniture and some window coverings;
  • Don’t overcrowd your bookshelves, it will leave you feeling overwhelmed and overextended;
  • If your space is cramped, then open it up with mirrors;
  • Keep everything that you use daily within arm’s reach.
2. Put your Desk is in the proper place
In office you want to make sure that you are sitting in the power position. That means that you can see the door when seated at your desk. Ideally, you should be able to see as much of the room as possible. Sitting in the power position is a key element in an office. The person seated farthest from the entrance will have the most power. If you sit too close to the door, you will be distracted by daily/petty details. If you sit with your back to the door, you will suffer inauspiciously to office politics, backstabbing, etc. If you have to share your office space with another, you should try to avoid sitting back to back. It is also best to avoid sitting face to face. Both positions tend to create conflict. If you cannot avoid sitting face to face, either stagger the desks or create a small barrier with a plant, photo or other object. In an open plan with many desks, use plants to soften sharp edges and corners. Sharp edges create ‘poison arrows’‚ which contribute to conditions such as irritability, discomfort, and even disease. Also, the aisles should be large enough so that the energy moves slower. Make sure to use subtle colors in an open office plan. Bright, vivid colors are too active in a large bustling room.

 

3. Use appropriate Artwork and Images 
When you surround yourself with images and objects that you love and that inspire you create a living affirmation for your goals. In an office if you want to surround yourself with images and objects that keep you inspired, creative and productive. Add flowers, art and beautiful window treatments. Hang pictures, mottos and images that symbolize what you want to accomplish. Choose furniture and accessories that speak to you of prosperity, abundance and success. Infuse your office with your personality; it will foster and support personal growth and success. Every object in your office has an influence on you. According to Vastu it is luminosity, the relative brightness of something. Make sure your office is having a positive and uplifting effect on you.  

 

4. Balancing and Harmonizing the Space
Balance and harmony are important attributes of an office. There are two ways to balance and harmonize your environment with yin and yang energies. (Yin and Yang are the basic expression of ancient Chinese science of Feng Shui represented as darker side as Yin and brighter side as Yang. Yin is a feminine & submissive energy and on the contrary Yang is masculine expression & active, aggressive energy. Both are interrelated containing aspects of each other in the form of a ‘Dot’ in symbol of Yin & Yang. It is a belief in Chinese theory that both the energies can’t live without each other and also manifested as embracing & encircling around each other; hence live together to harmonize the surroundings.)
 
Yin and yang represent feminine and masculine energies as explained above. Nourishing energy strikes a balance between the two extreme forces of yin and yang. Let’s say for example you worked in an overly yang environment with high ceilings, light colors, angular furniture and lots of natural light. You would need to balance this overly yang environment with some yin energy.
 
Vastu represents the natural elements of Air, Earth, Space, Fire and Water. It is important that all five elements are represented in your environment. Even more important is that the elements are in balance. When the elements are in balance then your life is more likely to be in balance and you will have greater success in manifesting what you desire.
 
As an example, let us say that you work in a very bright office (the Fire element) with an abundance of light colors including metal filing cabinets, computers, faxes, etc. In this case, you would want to focus on bringing in the other elements. You could bring in some plants, some earthy colors for the Earth element and an aquarium for the Water element.
 
5. Select appropriate Office Colors
Color has a remarkable impact on your psychological and physical well-being. When choosing office colors consider following Vastu. Soft yellow, sandstone, pale gold, pale orange, pale green, and blue-green are always appropriate office colors. Adding white will increase clarity and mental focus. Browns and earth tones will ground and stabilize the office.
 
6. Amalgamate Stress Relieving Techniques
Keep stress and irritability to a minimum by choosing furniture with rounded corners or positioning sharp corners out of traffic flow. Avoid harsh lighting or lots of glare since it can cause irritability and fatigue. You can also add music, running water or mist with essential oils to keep stress levels to a minimum. It does not matter which method you use, it only matters that your space is balanced and harmonious. Choose the system that feels right for you.
Here are some tips for alleviating workplace stress for example: Don’t skip breakfast; Go for a walk; Stretch at your desk; Stick to healthy snacks; Watch your posture; Learn to prioritize; Don’t bite off more than you can chew; Keep pictures of loved ones at your desk; Take up a stress-relieving hobby; Ask for help: if workplace stress has become unbearable, it might be helpful to speak to someone about dealing with your anxiety.  

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