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How to Deal with Introvert Colleagues

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We encounter and deal with different personality traits daily, at home, at school, and even at the workplace. One of those is an introverted personality. People with introversion qualities feel more comfortable focusing on their inner thoughts and ideas than what is happening externally around them; they also enjoy spending time with just one or two people rather than in large groups or crowds.

However, it is not an all-or-nothing imprint for those who have an introverted personality. They usually have a few extroverted traits mixed in with their introverted ones and vice versa.

There is a wide range of ways to be an introvert, and the four subtypes are:

  • Anxious introverts. They seek out their alone time not just because they like it but also because they often feel awkward or shy around with people.
  • Restrained introverts. These introverts think before they act. They are not likely to decide on an impulse. Typically, they take a long time before acting.
  • Social introverts. This is the classic introvert type, and they like small groups and quiet settings over crowds.
  • Thinking introverts. People in this group are daydreamers. They spend much time in their thoughts and tend to have creative imaginations.

Your introverted ways may change over time, in different settings, and in relationships with people you are dealing with. You are not likely to swing from introvert to extrovert. However, it is possible you could become more or less introverted, depending on what is going on in your life.

Whatever subtype of introvert you are, there are benefits for success, even in the workplace.

Deep thinkers

Introverts are deep thinkers; they use this skill to solve problems at an advanced level due to their ability to consider multiple situations rather than get excited about one direction.

Elevate quiet and calm environment

Introverts are less talkative than their extroverted peers and office mates, and their quiet personality can provide a sense of calm. Their calming presence can help decrease work stress and anxiety.

Great problem solvers

Introverts get energised when alone as they hear their thoughts, gain insight, and focus on the task at hand. Not getting distracted is an excellent advantage for an employee.

Maintain a healthy work and life balance

Introverts get their strength on mental, emotional, and physical recharge from being alone. They usually get out of the office on time and spend more quality time focusing on and engaging in self-care.

Maintain work focus

Introverts do their best to think and concentrate when they are being alone. This is great in a work setting in an office or a cubicle. They do not have to connect with everyone in the room but be strategic and select a few to engage in meaningful work-related dialogue.

Out of office negative conversations

Introverts are less likely to involve inside office conversations because they do not enjoy them. This maintains appropriate boundaries in the work setting. They do not like small talk but prefer to engage in meaningful conversation.

Introverts may not have the personalities that people first consider. They may be less expressive and talkative than their extroverted peers; however, they possess excellent qualities that would make them an asset to any team or organisation.

Rona dela Rosa is the editor of Psychreg. She is an associate professor at the Polytechnic College of the City of Meycauyan.


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