Introverts and working remotely: Office party not required

January 2nd is World Introvert’s Day.

 

How perfect, a day just for people like me who avoid casual conversation like the plague.

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The notion of World Introvert Day in conjunction with everything to do with New Years reflections and resolutions got me thinking as to how much I have excelled in the past year of working remotely.

This last calendar year has led to so, so much self-discovery. For the first time in my life I have been able to more or less call the shots of how much social interaction I encounter, what kinds of stimulus I allow into my life and really evaluate what my ideal working style and environment is.

This self-discovery has been such a blessing and revelation as it has really gotten me to ponder what “work/life balance” means to me, and discover what I need to be stimulated and perform at my peak performance.

Every personality type is not suited for remote work and more over; being of a more extroverted nature does not automatically mean that working from home is out of the question for you.

For extroverts, jobs in customer support and tutoring for example may provide enough human interaction that you can excel in your position without missing the water cooler chatter (too much).

The ideal work set-up for many is the very common policy of being able who work in-office partially.  This position allows for the flexibility of location independence as well as the assurance that you will be in-office on a part-time basis if your boss needs more warming up to the notion.

Here are 5 reasons introvert’s rock at remote jobs.

  1. Introverts are better listeners.

It has been said that an introvert is someone who generally speaks only when they have something to say. An extrovert generally speaks because they’ve ALWAYS got something to say. This almost in a nutshell is the reason why introverts rock at remote work. Introverts don’t need to fill the digital silence with cat gifs and needless banter.

This silence may appear standoffish to many but it actually assists the introvert in being an exceptional listener.

  1. They tend to feel more at home online.

It is not true that introverts are anti-social. Introverts can thrive in small-group situations where they are comfortable. However, if an introvert enjoys a social gathering, it can take a lot more energy for her/him to recharge after the interaction. Sometimes less is more.

That is why some introverts feel more comfortable online where they can work behind and avatar and leave the awkward eye contact alone.

One-two-three-and look away

  1. Introverts tend to be better team players.

Because introverts do not care for bragging rights they can sometimes be overlooked by their more vocal counterparts, the squeaky wheel does get the grease, as they say. These humble heroes also make great team leaders.

  1. Introverts are more “thoughtful”.

Not in terms of being empathetic towards feelings, this can be awkward even at the best of times (or is it me? It’s totally me, guys.) These deep-thinkers enjoy their space to think.

  1. They are more creative in a quiet environment.

    This ties in with point number 4. The best ideas for introverts are usually formed from silence. Loud situations tend to result in over-stimulation. Let me think, please.

Other reasons why introverts excel in remote positions including being detail oriented and prone to schedules.

Do you work remotely? Do you consider yourself an introvert, extrovert, ambivert or somewhere in between? How have you excelled or adjusted with the lack of social interaction?

Looking for me? Click here for my tips on self-care for remote workers.

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