How Introverts Can Thrive in a Workplace that Celebrates Extroversion

Introverts working in extroverted industries can sometimes struggle – the socialness, the vivaciousness, the talking! It’s enough to leave those who turn inwards to feel as if they don’t belong. But this isn’t true: introverts can succeed in an extroverted world. And they don’t even have to leave their comfort zone.

There are many ways to make introversion at work, work for you. These include:

Ask for a job behind the scenes

For every Chatty Kathy who’s greeting customers at the door, there’s someone working in the back office. Nearly every job offers some opportunity to work away from the action. From stocking inventory to manning the books, you don’t need to be front and center to succeed. 

Be honest with your manager

Some people have “introvert” written all over them – their aura just screams “quiet, please.” Others aren’t as obvious about their introversion. If this applies to you, be honest with your boss and tell them that you’re not comfortable with extroverted tasks. They might not know otherwise.

Don’t feel compelled to engage socially

One of the most common traits of introverts is the desire for solitude. This can be difficult in a society that values social interaction. But there’s nothing in your job description that says you must attend every office happy hour. If you don’t feel like being social, kindly pass. Your coworkers will understand, especially if it means more beer for them. 

Showcase your talents

Everyone has something to offer, even people who struggle with the spotlight. Keeping your talents under wraps won’t do you (or your company) any favors. So, speak up and tell your boss about what you can offer. Do it via email, if that makes you more comfortable. 

Find others like you

It may seem as if you’re the only introvert in the biz, but that’s not true: introverts are everywhere! Seeking out others with a similar perspective can help you feel included and validated. And, of course, this is a great way to make friends, too. Soon, you can all hang out at your respective houses alone.

In many ways, introversion is a gift: many great leaders and people of influence were believed to be introverts. It might not feel like it when you’re working in a job that showcases extroversion, but there’s a place for you. Be open and honest about who you are and your needs. You never know – maybe your boss is secretly an introvert, too. 

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