Introverts, Extroverts, and the Changing Workplace
Who has it harder?
If I asked you: who do you think COVID restrictions were harder on, Introverts or Extroverts, what would you say?
Many assumed that the COVID restrictions were great for introverts but harder for extroverts.
Our brain is like plastic, molded through constant shaping. The restrictions might have been a good break for introverts, but they also affected how quickly introverts are drained in social settings!
I feel the strain after a quick event … It is as if I ran a marathon. I have to train to be social again!
Retraining your brain
Introverts might feel even more pressure now to be social butterflies than ever, not realizing their socializing tank is depleted! But the solution is not to adapt to the workplace. The solution is to be authentic.
If you are an introvert, you don’t have to turn into a social butterfly. Take a realistic assessment of your schedule.
➡️ How can you schedule more alone time?
➡️ Are there unnecessary social events that you can skip?
➡️ When do you truly add value at work?
➡️ Do you have to be there in person to bring your team forward?
I love delivering my keynotes, but I skip the dinner that follows. After all, my clients benefit from hearing me speak – sitting next to me at dinner might not be as much fun as they think it would be!
An introspection on introversion
Though companies tend to lean toward hiring extroverts, what they don’t realize is introverts bring many strengths to their work through their quiet introspection. 🧘