Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art which brings harmony to your surroundings. It aligns your environment with who you are and where you want to go. And to achieve this ‘flow,’ all you have to do is re-organise what’s already there.
The same goes with financial Feng Shui. You don’t need to make massive changes. Just reshuffle your people, skills, and equipment to sync your business with your ambitions.
Invest in your people
Whether your business is a handful of staff or a hundred, you need the right people with the right skillsets to succeed. Say your social media strategy is floundering. Is there someone with a different job title in the office with social skills who could pick up the role? Could you invest in their training? Or take an online course yourself to get up to speed? In the meantime, you could hire a freelancer until you or your staff are trained up.
If archaic software or on-the-blink machinery is slowing your business down, consider equipment financing to get things moving. By sidestepping lengthy bank approvals, you could get the money you need within 24 hours, and install your new laser printer within 48 hours.
Is 9 to 5 the best solution for you and your staff? By allowing flexitime – where people work their contracted hours at more convenient times – you could see productivity soar. Flexitime lets staff fit in leisure time, pick up their kids from school, and avoid long commutes when they could be working. Interested? Explore the benefits of flexitime.
Look beyond the four walls
If you’re struggling to find the right person with the right skillset, or want to hold on to an employee who needs to work from home a couple of days a week, remote working could be the answer.
Skype calls let you stay in touch, and business apps such as Basecamp let you work on projects in real time – wherever you are. And by extending your workplace beyond the office, you can recruit the best and brightest from around the world. Here’s Virgin’s take on remote working (and that business does okay.)
If you don’t win a pitch for new business, lose a client, or you’re struggling to meet the deadline of a product launch, office morale can quickly take a nosedive. Happy employees are productive employees, so it’s key you keep that positive Chi flowing.
There are ways to raise office morale. You could take your staff on an away day. Celebrate individual successes at a weekly meeting. Or take everyone on a long lunch on a Wednesday afternoon. People aren’t the plant pots you rearrange in financial Feng Shui; they are the energy that powers success.
The art of Feng Shui is about balance and always assessing your environment. (Feng translates as water, Shui as wind.) Your business is a changeable force too, so keep assessing what it needs and rearranging your resources for maximum flow and success.