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Dear Work Therapist,
I'm Hana and I'm a huge introvert. Last time I checked and tested myself - I'm 83% Introverted :-).
This means I get tired very quickly when I have to interact with a lot of people and I really like to be alone and work all by myself.
At work I'm usually able to do my tasks without any help from others. I try to save as much energy as possible for my customers, which means I try to avoid meetings with a lot of coworkers and usually only do 1-1 calls, when somebody needs me or I need something from others.
During pandemic I started to work from home and now I'm 100% remote worker.
And I'm very happy like this and I love my job.
My boss is a great guy, who knows who I'm and don't push me. But sometimes I feel guilty.
So, should I push myself and try to interact more or is it ok to stay like this? How much harm do I do to my team with my attitude?
Hi @Natalie ,
thank you for your response and support. I didn't know about these articles. I enjoyed them, it looks like Season is exactly like me :-).
I will suggest my coworkers to try the playbook play. I'm curious what we can learn about each other this way.
Thanks for sharing the articles Natalie! I am such an extrovert and I always find it interesting to read the differences between the two personalities. Being an extrovert I sometimes don't pay attention to how introverts might see the world.
Thanks for the articles Natalie - they make for very interesting reading.
Hana - I don't think you should feel guilty at all. We all work differently, and all work at our best when we embrace each other's differences!
Like @Natalie said, absolutely do not feel guilty! According to "Quiet" by Susan Cain, half the world is introverted :)
I too am an extreme introvert. Funny story: I once took a personality test as part of a work retreat. My introversion/extroversion score did not print on my results sheet, so I asked the facilitator for another printout. To my embarrassment, it turned out that I was so far on the introversion scale (0% extroverted) that my reading was on the starting point of the scale and could not be detected.
We've learned that differences in personalities are good for teamwork.
I could keep going on the reasons why personality differences can be helpful, introversion vs extroversion included. Your preferences to internalize information before jumping into conversations OR to work as async as possible...those are ways you're actually contributing to the team. You're helping your team work in different ways, which may lead them to think differently or communicate differently. And ultimately, that's not just good for your teamwork diversity, but good for whatever content or products you're working on.
Basically, your introversion is an asset. Lean into it, @Hana Kučerová
your story made my day. I would probably also don't have any extroversion points...
Thank you for your kind words and support!
Dear @Hana Kučerová, let me speak from the position of extremely extrovert person who is lucky to have similarly introverted teammates as you are. There are many qualities that I really appreciate in them which are in my opinion simply positive side effects of introversion.
For instance when our duties overlap and I need to interact with people like you I get info straight to the point, usually as a note before we even start speaking what helps all of us save time. Another, maybe funny, but undoubtedly great thing is that they simply do not distract others at work! We should appreciate quiet quality workers and contributors of great changes who work in their intimate environment.
As long as you communicate progress, and escalate issues when necessary you are simply another color of a wonderful rainbow (please forgive me this pathetic comparison... ;)).
I am currently involved in a research/upscaling project, which means big groups of introverted scientists in the teams I work with, and believe me - it makes my work not less enjoyable.
Thanks for posting your story!
Thank you @Mateusz Goralczyk ,
I admire your attitude towards introverted teammates, surely I would feel great in your team.
If your boss knows it and he mostly gives you task that you can handle alone, it sounds ok.
But you should take care if it gets >83% and you (or colleagues) see that you get problems in working with customes in 1on1 meetings.
Also if you see that you get problems with this point (or it takes too much energy) "I try to save as much energy as possible for my customers"
Hi @Alexander Pappert ,
thank you, I've been thinking a lot about what you've written.
I try to do my best for my customers, so they are not affected by my introvertness. If some training or call with a lot of people needs to be done, I do it. It's exhausting for me, but I cannot afford to tell them "hey guys, sorry, I'm introvert, I won't do that, because it will cost me too much energy" :-) :-) :-)...
But sometimes it also means there's no energy left for my team...
Anyway, I will ask my coworkers about the feedback more often...
Do what makes you happy, introverted and extroverted people are needed, we don't all have to be the same. I am sometimes very sociable but if I get bored or if I need to I have no problem to focus on my own things and ignore the rest.
I also think of myself as an introvert. And during the pandemic, I have realized besides having that "me time," it is also healthy to push yourself to try to interact with other people every once in a while.
If you have the chance to go to the office once a week or something, it always brings some sort of joy and/or learnings.
Thank you @Huwen Arnone , I will probably return to the office for at least one day in a week later this year...
If it's not too much, also share how that goes. I'm interested to know if it turns out to be something good for you or not. Have a productive week ahead!
Hi @Hana Kučerová great topic :D
Can you post the link for the test? I'm quite often confused when thinking about my introvert/extrovert status. For example I totally hate to come to the group of the people but I'm totally happy when this group of people is made around me but I'm the first member of the group :D.
For example, during the parties, it happend few times that I stayed somewhere and finally there was group of 20people around me who were totally drunk (I helped them) :D
So I think we should not change ourselfs but it is quite good to go out of the comfort zone to train our internal power. And from your team's point of view... I think introverts should be part of the group discussions. It is useful for them to listen and they can think about the discussed topics. I don't think introverts must be forced to talk, but they can always think and share the thoughts on 1x1 meeting.
Hi @Martin Bayer _MoroSystems_ s_r_o__ ,
thank you. The test is called 16personalities - I like it very much, it tells you really a lot about your personality. Maybe it's time to take it again, looks like my last results are from May 2020 :-)...
THank you :)... and I am 73% introvert... :D
Congratulations :-)! I'm still 83% introvert, but I'm more assertive then before...
Hi @Hana Kučerová, that resource looks really useful! I will do it. Thank you. Great you asked for the test @Martin Bayer _MoroSystems_ s_r_o__ 😅
I agree with @Ignacio Aredez we need extroverts AND introverts, so go with what works for you.
As you get older / more experienced / develop you are meant to move across the scale. I must be growing at least a little because, according to the test, Ive flipped from text book unequivocal extrovert to 54% introvert.
@Linda Milne_Togetha Group_ My boss is an extrovert and where he ends I start and vice versa. Together we are unstoppable!
Nice one. I look around me and see lots of those kinds of relationships. We need to find our complimentary match(es)!
Sharing is always beautiful, having closeness, trust and a little feeling with people gives you life, if you want to overcome your introverted way of being, you have to leave yourself and take the first step, keep in mind that if you do not force yourself by interacting a little more with people at some point you can isolate yourself and that I do not think is positive.
But you must be convinced to take the step, little by little and that it makes you happy, cheer up
@Hana Kučerová ~ I'm a huge introvert as well and working in a position that requires a lot of user interaction can be difficult at times.
Working remotely full-time during the pandemic was eye-opening for me: I found that most of my "stress" isn't from the work itself, but from interacting with people. I believe I became more confident and better at my job during the pandemic because I had more energy to focus on the tasks at hand.
It's nice to know there are others like me out there so thank you so much for sharing! @Natalie ~ thank you for sharing the links: I found them helpful!