There’s no doubt that workplaces are created for extroverts to thrive, but the intense pressures this puts on introverts are often overlooked. For introverts, the workplace can be an uncomfortable and challenging space to be in for prolonged periods of time. Work-related social activities, meetings, presentations, and even small talk can cause social anxiety that has lasting effects on their mental health. If you’re an introvert who struggles with the social requirements of your workplace, you’re not alone! Here are tips for introverts in the workplace from a real-life introvert in the workplace:
Find the right job for introverts
Speak up about your talents and achievements
Prepare go-to questions for “small talk”
Introvert convo starters:
“How was your weekend?” “Do you have a vacation coming up?” “What have you been working on lately?”
You’ll be surprised how simple questions can break the ice and get you feeling more comfortable in potentially awkward situations.