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Welcome visitors with open arms

The first impression is usually the one that lasts

india Updated: Nov 27, 2009 19:21 IST
Raman Datta

Without the inflow of energy there’s a danger of lethargy setting in among staff and in general business. Proper arranged reception can maintain the flow of ch’i, which will carry the business to further success. Secondly, waiting room or reception area also tells the visitor a great deal about your business.

It’s important to deliberately and constructively decide what message you want to send. If you want people to feel that you’re a solid, well established, dependable company, you might furnish the reception area with antiques and paneled walls, which are more Yin in character. If you want to convince the client that you are modern and innovative company, you can use more Yang presentation with glossy walls, more metal and contrasting colours.

Ideal office reception
Regardless of the message you want to convey to others, you need to keep the principles of Feng Shui in balance. Too much Yin energy leaves your visitors snoozing in the waiting room, and too much Yang energy will keep them away from entering your office. The reception area should reflect the nature of business, and should be designed accordingly giving an overall positive impression to a visitor.

Location
Because the reception area is the receiving zone of a business, it should be ideally located in the north-east corner of the building, as prana flows in from the north-east. The main reception desk should ideally be positioned in the south or west corner of the room, so that the receptionist faces either north or east. The person’s back should be against the wall, while the computer should be kept on the south-east section, or fire corner, of the main reception desk.

Visitors should be able to see the reception desk from the entrance, but it should not be too close to it, or opposite, or the receptionist will be exhausted by the activity there. It is important that the receptionist has a comfortable chair and is backed by a solid wall so as not to be startled from behind.

A few tips:
The reception area should have the following features to help the flow of chi:
A water feature with a fountain and plants lifts the chi in the reception area.
A well-designed reception desk supports the receptionist and is positioned so that he/she is in contact with employees and visitors.
The round table indicates that energy will spin around this area quickly, suggesting that visitors will not be kept waiting.
The company logo opposite the entrance adds prestige to the reception area.
The use of sound is important. Harmonious sound attracts prosperity and wealth. It suggests one should play soothing music.
Keep reading material for the visitors.
Keep waste paper basket accessible but unobtrusive.
Place an aquarium at the reception. Put nine fish in the tank — eight gold ones and a single black one to soak up any negative energy. If for some reason you cannot use a water feature in your office, a painting of water also stimulates the chi.

Raman Datta is a vaastu consultant
Tel: 09810155835