When we think of introvert and extroverts, we think of two extremes: You are either a wallflower, or you are the life of the party. Research and studies have shown that is not the case. In actuality, it all has to do about where you get your energy from. In an article for CIO.com, Sarah K. White offers up solutions to make the workplace better for your introverted workers.
Make Do for the Meek
Extroverts would thrive in a social environment while having a busy work schedule. In contrast, an introvert would need a much quieter environment and alone time regularly. Today’s work environment is an open space with cubicles galore, contrary to closed offices. This presents a challenge to introverts and can leave them mentally and emotionally depleted when it’s time to head home for the day.
Improvement can come in a few ways. First, offer many avenues of communication. Extroverts might be okay with one-on-one or over-the-phone conversations, but introverts would rather take time to thoroughly compose what they want to communicate and send an email or chat message. Second, allow opportunities for all employees to escape their comfort zone, but do so within reason. Raise opportunities for introverts to get their ideas out there in a less structured environment that allows them to perform better.
Next, evaluate company culture. Some work cultures go out and “party” as coworkers, and those who opt not to participate should not feel condemned. Lastly, rework your workspace. Open-spaced cubicles may be great for extroverts while working against introverts. You need to consider the needs of all employees and adjust the work environment to suit all across the board. For example, offering work from home opportunities or a quiet space within the office would work well for introverts.
You can access the original article here: http://www.cio.com/article/3124356/relationship-building-networking/tips-for-creating-an-introvert-friendly-workplace.html