Posted December 1, 2021 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: Why Introverts Love Hybrid Work
For introverted employees, remote work was a boon. But hybrid work could be even better. Here’s why, coming up next on The Perna Syndicate.
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This is The Perna Syndicate—welcome! This week, we’re looking at the new era of hybrid work and how it can serve the various different personalities and workstyles within an organization. Today, we’re focusing on the introverted work persona.
If you think about it, the open-office floor plans we’re all used to, with conference rooms and meeting spaces everywhere, may not be the ideal workspace for people who identify as introverted. Having colleagues drop into their space at any time of the day could be disruptive and even a barrier to productivity. For these workers, the forced experiment in remote work came as a welcome change—a chance to recharge their social batteries, if you will.
At the same time, being introverted doesn’t equate to being a hermit. We were all made for human connection, and sometimes fully remote work makes it all too easy to lose that valuable aspect of workplace relationships.
That’s why hybrid work serves this essential group of workers. At home, they can recharge and accomplish tasks without the distractions of the office. In the physical workplace, they can enjoy the stimulation of connecting with the rest of the team. When there’s a healthy balance, going into the office becomes something to look forward to, rather than dread.
Remote work was a boon to many introverted workers—but hybrid work can be an even better fit, both for the employee and the company as a whole.
Tomorrow: what about the extroverts in your workplace? Is hybrid work a good fit for them, too? Let’s talk about it on the next episode of The Perna Syndicate. See you then!