Category Archives: Work Environment
The Open Office Space

I have previously written about the challenges introverts experience in Open Office Space… Collaborative or Disruptive? and Introverted Leaders and the Open Office Space.  While I agree that collaboration and being part of the team is important, it really depends on the type of work being done and the individual. For the most part, in any job, there […]

Best job for introverts?

I know a guy  that works a behind the scenes job in a large IT department keeping the computer systems running for his company.  In his position he has relatively little interaction with others.  A perfect job for an introvert, right?  Actually, although I am an introvert, I think his position would not have enough people interaction for […]

Balance of Quiet

I spent another Saturday in the office.  The office was closed, so I was all alone and it was nice and quiet.  I have had a project to put together that was very important, but in my day-to-day work, there always seemed to be more pressing matters.  I have been in on many Saturdays (against […]

Love When Meetings End Early

I attend many meetings at work everyday.  Sometimes they are back to back for the entire day.  It is a little frustrating as typically I am getting more and more to do at these meetings and not getting any work done because of the meetings. Most calendars, such as those in Google or other places, […]

Preparation is Key

I believe that one of the keys to strength as an introvert is preparation. An introvert goes deep in thought and, given time, can come up with some brilliant ideas.  That is not to say that they cannot come up with great ideas on the fly, because they can.  I just know from experience that […]

Six Ways to Find Your Voice and Be Heard

I attended a workshop on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator a few years ago.  Something that really stuck with me from that workshop was that introverts think and then speak, and extraverts speak to think.  And since that time, I have observed this in action over and over again.  As an introvert, I have often found […]

Does Brainstorming Work?

Is brainstorming effective? Some say yes, and some say no. In my own experience, I’ve seen it be effective in some instances, while being a huge FAIL other times. I know that for me, it usually doesn’t work well in large groups, especially if it’s just people talking. Often just a few people dominate the […]

Avoiding Overwhelm

When it comes to getting work done, it is especially important for introverts to be able to have time to think about the things that need to get done. As I think, I also come up with new ideas, which end up creating far more projects than I could ever accomplish.  I was feeling particularly […]

Emails, Introverts, and Extroverts

As an introvert, my preferred method of communication is in writing.  I do a lot of emailing, texting, and instant messaging.  I like to think first and then communicate, so these methods work well most of the time. Sometimes it is easier, faster, or better in certain situations to pick up the phone or go […]

Attending Conferences

I have the opportunity through my work to attend a couple professional conferences each year.  As an introvert, I generally enjoy listening to the speakers and attending the breakouts to get me started thinking about all kinds of new ideas. Some aspects of conferences, of course, I could do without. I have been thinking of two different […]