Brain-Friendly Friday: Thriving as an Introvert at Work

Being an introvert is not a bad thing. (Being one myself, I know firsthand 😉) 

But workplaces aren’t always introvert-friendly – with all of the mandatory meetings, business dinners, and watercooler catch-ups… I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

How do you make your workplace understand your need to recharge with alone time?

Honesty is the best policy

First, you need to be honest. 

Simply say to your managers or co-workers, “I’m an introvert, and I’m going to take some alone time at my desk to recharge. Don’t take it personally.”

It’s not you, it’s me

Use the typical breakup line: It’s not you, it’s me!

Set your boundaries. You want to be nice and welcoming, but be upfront about what you can handle and schedule that alone time to rest.

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