If you are an extrovert, you may have had some experiences clashing with introverts in the workplace. Whether those individuals were coworkers, colleagues or managers, the results most likely were the same—misunderstandings and an ineffective workplace environment. If you want to thrive as an extrovert in the workplace, there are certain steps that you can take to have a positive impact on your environment. This article will address how you can make some small adjustments to create a better environment for you to thrive in at your job.
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1. Become a Better Active Listener
Extroverts tend to thrive when they are in the company of others and while experiencing a stimulated environment. Sometimes these factors can cause them to feel compelled to talk to others while not being an active listener. If you are an extrovert and want to thrive in the workplace, it would benefit you to learn how to both talk and listen to your coworkers.
View the chance to socialize professionally and interact with your coworkers on a daily basis as an opportunity to perfect your art of communication. You will always thrive as a talker as you interact with others. However, it is vital that you see that communicating is not simply about talking all the time, but having a two-way conversation where you also learn how to listen to the other person’s words.
2. Cultivate Relationships with Introverts
Another way that you can thrive in the workplace is to pay attention to the social personalities of your coworkers, colleagues and managers. When you find a person who is an introvert—that you may be compatible with on the level of a friendship in the workplace—take steps to cultivate a professional relationship with this person.
You both will have drastically different social mindsets with regard to relationships. However, that is the point of cultivating a friendship with this colleague. It is important to get to know how this person reacts to specific situations and what makes him or her “tick”. When you can learn how to interact more effectively with this introverted individual, you will be better able to relate to other introverts in the workplace. This will enable you to become a more effective relationship and team builder.
3. Don't Skimp on Your Break Time
Even though extroverts do not need alone time to recharge as much as introverts do, it is still important to take the time to slow down from your actively charged pace and take a break. Your ideal break time could be lunch with coworkers or heading out to a local crowded café to get lunch and be around people. Whatever it is that you need to do it to recharge, make sure that you do that thing each day at work. When you take the time to decompress and relax, you will become a more effective employee and be better able to work to your optimal potential in the workplace.
4. Utilize Effective Stimulation at Work
Extroverts generally need outside stimuli, such as interactions with people, to stay energized throughout the day. However, when an extrovert takes this factor to the extreme in the workplace and hangs out at the water cooler or break room too much in order to get this mental and social stimulation, it is not effective behavior in the workplace.
However, there are ways to utilize effective stimulation while on the job in order to recharge and work to your optimal ability. Use your break times to interact with others. When you attend meetings, make sure that you have meaningful conversations with others. Utilize the phone to make interoffice calls rather than email your colleagues with questions. Having an actual conversation with someone (as an extrovert) will energize you more than an email would. If permitted, listen to your favorite music quietly (or with earbuds) at your desk so that you can have more active stimulation throughout the day.
If you are an extrovert, what steps have you taken to thrive and excel in the workplace?