The social environment of the workplace is suppressing the creativity, ideas, and leadership introverted employees have to offer. Extroverts have an easier time adjusting to the average work environment. More can be done to enhance work experiences for introverted people.
Though it may be obvious, introverts and extroverts are not necessarily opposites of each other. Describing people as introverts or extroverts can mean different things for every person.
The skills of an introvert-minded person are often overlooked in a workplace. Susan Cain, creator of the Quiet Revolution, describes why introverted people are not able to take a stand in the modern workplace.
People believe that because many companies hire people who work well in teams and on group oriented projects, they only desire extroverted employees. This perception can intimidate employees who tend to be more introverted.
People often expect a leader to have extroverted characteristics. The underlying truth is that introverts can lead just as well and perhaps in better ways.
Often times extroverts are associated with being charismatic. However, loyalty to a leader often occurs because of good character rather than charisma. Businesses may overlook introverted leaders because they do not exhibit as much charisma as an extroverted leader. In contrast, the introverted leader might earn more loyalty because of their true character.
A work place should allow introverted employees, extroverted employees, and people in between, to be able to thrive in a work environment. All workers should be able to thrive in different levels of management and different areas of a company as well.
Companies should create different opportunities for learning in which introverts and extroverts excel at. Teams can build a variety of events, projects, and group interactions that capture the best of introversion and extroversion.
Introverted people should not feel the need to push away their personality or dismiss their method of recharging after a meeting or presentation. Workplace environments should encourage introverted people to think and perform in the way that works best for them. Businesses who learn to foster creativity and innovation for an introverted mind will benefit far more than those who close their doors to introverts.
To learn more, read Quiet by Susan Cain.