Today we’re exploring how introverts show up in the workplace in terms of communication and work styles.  

Introverts can be an extraordinary asset to the team when managers fully understand how to maximize their assets and wisdom.

According to, an introvert is “a person who prefers calm environments and limits social engagement…”  Conversely, an extrovert is “an outgoing, gregarious person who thrives in dynamic environments and seeks to maximize social engagement.”

So how do you really know if you’re an introvert or an extrovert?  What energizes you?  Does the idea of putting on your favorite pajamas and spending a quiet evening at home sound amazing, or terribly boring?  Chances are if you’re energized by solitude rather than socializing, you’re an introvert.  According to author Sandra Cain, biology plays a role in an individual’s response to stimuli.  These biological differences mean that extroverts are energized by environments with lots of stimuli and introverts are the opposite. 

Introverts prefer to work independently and behind the scenes.  In group/team settings, introverts may take awhile to become comfortable enough to share their ideas.  

When it comes to communication style, some introverts prefer to communicate via email, instant messaging, and/or texting.

Lastly, consider providing a quiet and secluded workspace.  If fanfare is not high on the list, offer praise for their accomplishments in private.

Please share your thoughts with us in the comment section below and whatever you do…make it a great day !!

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