Bangkok is a bustling metropolis that over eight million people call home – so considering the sheer size of the population, it is little wonder that finding suitable real estate for your business has the potential to be a fruitless endeavour.
Bangkok is the economic centre of Thailand, with an annual economic output of almost $100bn. In total, the city contributes around 30% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). In terms of Asian cities and per-capita GDP, Bangkok's economy lies sixth behind Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka-Kobe and Seoul.
It's unsurprising, then, that countless businesses are drawn to the city on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.
Given the density of Bangkok's populace, though, some companies can come unstuck when looking for a prime location to lay down the roots of their firm, and the hectic nature of the city can unbalance those not used to its unique vibrancy.
However, once your firm has found an office space to call its own, regardless of its size or location, there is one way to create a vivacious and successful energy throughout: feng shui.
For those who don't know, feng shui is an ancient art and science introduced over 3,000 years ago in China. It reveals how to balance the energies of any given space and promises health and good fortune for those who inhabit it – and given we spend countless hours in the office every year, it's wise to employ these techniques to improve the wellbeing and productivity of you and your employees.
First of all, for employees who have their back to the door, it pays for them to see what's going on behind their back. This can be achieved with a tactically placed, shiny office-related object to reflect the office entrance.
Secondly, employees should have organised desks that are free of clutter. The reason? Once clutter begins to accumulate, the energy in the office will quickly decline, creating a bad feng shui area.
Finally, feng shui should not be an overbearing presence in your office. It works best when applied in subtle way. Remove images of wind chimes swinging from every desk and, instead, invest in decorative solutions to improve the whole office space that fit in with your company's existing environment.
With many of us now spending increasing hours in the office, methods such as feng shui can go a long way to creating a peaceful and productive environment, allowing your employees to thrive and your business's profits to soar…