Managing Introverts & Extroverts

It’s a challenge to make all of your employees happy but you can be aware of the different personality types you work with so you can manage to the best of your ability.

Introverted Employees

Introverts are typically known for being quiet and more reserved. They don’t mind spending time alone or in a small group.

Introverts in the workplace

It’s important that there are quiet spaces if possible for employees to chill out or to focus on a particular task will make them more at ease and productive. Introverts usually work better when they have their own office or private work area.

Think about allowing working from home or flexible hours so they can choose to work during quieter times.

Introverts tend to prefer activities or events that:

  • are held in smaller groups
  • mentally stimulating
  • do not stray too far from their comfort zone
  • do not involve public speaking

Extroverted Employees

  • Extroverted employees will pull energy from most social situations.

They are happy with:

  • conversation
  • interacting with others
  • socialising
  • public speaking

They prefer spending time with others and enjoy most activities.

Extroverts in the workplace

Extroverts thrive in an open plan office space or on the shop floor in full view of other employees.

The ideal setting for extroverts is around a group of people or in a team environment.

Extroverts tend to prefer activities or events that:

  • involve group or shared engagement
  • involve daily or weekly meetings
  • involve organising and collecting for the lottery syndicate

Inviting them to brainstorm on new concepts or ideas will engage them and allow them to shine.

At the end of the day extroverts bring clients, customers and passion to the role while introverts bring insight and expertise to drive your business forward.

 

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