It can seem in Western office culture that introverts have a disadvantage when it comes to the workplace in comparison to their more social counterparts. This is simply not true, because introverts have many personal qualities that make them valuable employees. Read on to find out what common characteristics make them excel in the workplace.
They know how to separate themselves from their coworkers
One of the advantages of being an introvert in a professional setting is that they know how to distance themselves from the coworker chatter and really focus on the task at hand. For extroverts it may be harder because they may want to socialize with those around them, since they feed off of the energy. For introverts who thrive on alone time, they are more likely able to put their head down and get straight to work, even in an open-plan office that encourages frequent conversation.
They demand attention when they speak up
Introverts are usually not big talkers in the workplace, but when they do speak it usually commands more attention because people know it will be something of importance. Introverts usually get straight to the point when they speak because they have thought about what they need to say and how to effectively get their point across to their coworkers.
They are well-prepared with their presentations
Introverts prefer to be as concise as possible with their words during public speaking because they do not want to waste extra energy on this type of interaction, which is often more tiring for them than for an extrovert. This works in favor for everyone in the office because not only are the presentations straight to the point, but they are also well thought-out.
They are great listeners
An introvert might seem disengaged in a meeting or a impromptu brainstorm session, but the opposite is in fact true. Introverts may seem to be quieter than their coworkers, but it just means that they are internalizing everything through actively listening. Afterwards they can send an email with solutions that they came up with or some additional ideas that are well thought-out.
They are creative
Introverts often possess a high level of creativity and can utilize that in the workplace to come up with innovative ideas to help solve current issues a company may face. Having the ability to approach a new idea is always a valuable asset in a professional setting, because it can help you come up more efficient ways to deal with a problem than before.
They know how to push themselves
Introverts are often told by society that they should be more social and outgoing. As a result they are constantly pushing themselves to step outside their comfort zone. Therefore they know the importance of pushing yourself to work harder at a certain task. This allows introverts to approach tasks at work with a strong dedication to getting the job done.
They are intuitive
Along with being creative, introverts often have a sensitive side as well. This can allow them to be more in tune with the needs, strengths, and weaknesses of their coworkers. When a project comes up, they can help suggest who would be best in what role, including themselves.
They make great friends
It is always great to have an introvert on your side in the workplace because they value their friendships and prefer to have a few closer friendships than a larger number of acquaintances. Befriending an introvert can also mean that you can always go to them for advice on a certain issue, since you know their observant nature will produce some great ideas.
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