The differences between introverts and extroverts seem to be exaggerated in the workplace. While each has their own strengths and weaknesses, it’s clear that introverts and extroverts communicate very differently. Whether you’re super outgoing and forthright or shy and reserved, here are 10 ways introverts and extroverts differ at work.
1 Introverts fear office birthday shenanigans
While extroverts enjoy the annual office birthday cake, introverts would prefer if no one sang Happy Birthday. Ever.
2 Extroverts love noise and energy
When it’s time to get to work, introverts love a quiet and stress-free atmosphere, while extroverts want to turn on the radio.
3 Introverts will avoid answering the phone at all costs
Email is the preferred method of contact for introverts everywhere, thanks.
4 Extroverts love open plan offices
While introverts would prefer to have an office to hide, I mean work, in, extroverts love having an audience for their stories.
5 Introverts aren’t big fans of small talk
Small talk with co-workers is where an extrovert can really shine. Introverts, on the other hand, live in fear of having nothing to say.
6 Extroverts get distracted easily
Introverts are often able to concentrate for long periods of time, while extroverts tend to get distracted and love to keep moving.
7 Introverts are surprisingly good public speakers
It may seem out-of-character, but introverts often do well speaking in front of large groups, as long as they’ve been given plenty of time to prepare.
8 Extroverts tend to be oversharers
They may not realise it, but most people know a lot about the lives of the extroverts in the office, due to their tendency to overshare.
9 Introverts love one on one hangs
Small group chats are where it’s at for introverts, while extroverts take a shine to big office parties.
10 Extroverts don’t like silence
Sometimes extroverts don’t have much to say, but they would rather talk than endure awkward silence.