2 Easy Ways Introverts Can Survive the Workplace

Tuesday 4 March, 2014

You wouldn’t be wrong in assuming today’s modern workplace is designed almost entirely around extroverted characters. Modern offices are characterized by an open plan layout in which we have boardrooms set around a large table at which we sit and openly brainstorm with the team about all sorts of ideas and suggestions, with the key point of it all being collaboration. But really, it’s often the loudest member of the corporate party who gets through to the boss and receives the most attention.

Understandably, it can be very difficult for a typical introvert to feel like they’re thriving in their place of work, no matter how great they are at their job. Collaborating with a big group is far from an ideal situation for someone who feels the most comfortable and in turn works best when alone and left to his or her own devices.

If this sounds like you, first of all, rest assured, you’re not the only one. Secondly, there are plenty of things you can do to make the most out of your time at work.


Enjoy your job

Your personality type should be taken into consideration before you take on a job. Id doesn’t matter whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, working in a role that doesn’t suit your type of personality, you may already be falling behind.

Working environments that designate an individual set roles and duties to each employee are generally more introvert-friendly than those in which everyone must work together to solve one problem or figure out one thing.


Find alone time

Spending an entire day inside the office bubble can be very stressful and draining for someone who feels the most comfortable alone.  Instead of feeling like you’re suffering at work, try to find areas of your job that suit your introverted style. Although it’s not realistic to aim to spend the entire day locked in your office by yourself, there are ways to get through the day without being surrounded with company. For example, take regular short breaks to go to the bathroom or just for a quick walk outside if you need to.

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