Knowing whether you are an introvert or extrovert can really make a difference to your experience of work and knowing what type of work suits you. The words introvert and extrovert are used a lot these days and you may think you know which one you are, however you may be in for a surprise. You can take this test to find out (or reaffirm what you already know).
Knowing more about your introversion/extroversion persuasion can help you be more self-aware because you know what you need and why and are then better able to ask for what you need. Before I read more about introversion and extroversion I would probably have thought I was an extrovert (because I’m not “shy” and am usually confident in social situations, for example) however it turns out there is a lot more to it and I quite clearly came out as an introvert, which gave me lots of food for thought.
Here are a few ideas to help you at work if you have discovered you are an introvert:
Working in open plan offices can be difficult for introverts, so if you are able to work in your own office or cubicle or have a choice of a smaller office, that will probably suit you better. Even better, for many introverts is being able to work from home, even if it is just for part of the week. If it isn’t possible to do any of these, it can just help to be aware that the current working style may not suit you and that you find ways to cope, like ensuring you take your breaks and find other ways to deal with your work environment. It might also be worth considering how you like to work when looking at future jobs so you can choose more in line with your preferences.
Knowing that you might be more prone to overwhelm and over stimulus can help you prioritise breaks and time away from your workplace, especially if you work with a lot of people. Finding ways to get away regularly to recharge your batteries will help you feel better able to tackle work when you return.
3. Give Yourself Time
Introverts often take time to think things through so if you are in a meeting or work situation where you need more time, politely ask if you can get back to the other person once you have thought it through. Once others know what to expect from you it will get easier. If you find it easier to relay your thoughts in email, you could let the people work with you know.
Introversion can get a bad press in the current societal bias towards extraversion, but it is just about recognising that we are all different and playing to our strengths. There are many benefits to both introversion and extroversion. Introverts are often good listeners, more patience and able to be focused and methodical. Use your introverted skills at work.
Bio: Jen Smith is a Life Coach & Writer. She has tried many career paths herself and now helps people achieve their goals and dreams.