Introvert and extrovert. We all know what those words mean, right? Introverts – the quiet person in the office who is shy, withdrawn and isn’t really interested in socialising. Extroverts – wow! You can hear them before you can see them, always talking, laughing and organising pub quizzes, drinks and cinema trips.
Well, whilst there’s something in those descriptions, being an introvert or an extrovert is often more nuanced than that.
Anyone who knows me, or spends time with me, will tell you that I like talking. I love chatting and hearing others’ ideas inspires me and can help lift me creatively. Most people would probably describe me as an extrovert. However, I’ve come to realise that whilst that is partly true, it is also partly wrong. I feel absolutely drained after a week of calls, office chat and general socialising, leaving me feeling like I’d much rather curl up on the sofa all weekend than head to any social events.
Globally, the Covid-19 lockdown period has forced those of us who can work from home out of the office into our dining rooms, spare rooms and kitchens. Whilst some have thrived being able to work on their own in their home space, others have really struggled; desperately missing the company of colleagues and the social interaction that office life affords.
How you’ve reacted to the current WFH climate has a lot to do with where you sit on the introvert and extrovert scale. Originally identified by Carl Jung, introvert and extrovert personality traits can affect our working practices. According to his findings, an introvert turns their psychic energy inwards and an extrovert seeks intensive contact with the outside world. For those of us who need time alone to recharge, office environments can be stressful, so working from home provides an element of relief. But, if the office was closed forever, then the extroverts amongst us would feel stressed, unable to recharge via other’s energy.
What’s important is that the more we know about what we like and what we dislike, the more we can identify what helps us to thrive and what takes away from us when it comes to work. This can give us more choices in identifying which jobs, friends and situations work better for us. So, where do you sit?
This free personality test could help you figure out how you best operate and could provide some understanding about how you’ve reacted to working life from the home.
What to know more? Check out some tips on how we’ve addressed this here at Qozo in our next blog and what employers can do to help all employees – both introverted and extroverted – thrive during this time.
Sam Southey, Customer Onboarding and Success @ Qozo