Not all employees are the same, but you need all kinds of employees to succeed. Introverts in particular can be a game-changing asset to your company, provided that you know how to interact with them.
They Are Great Observers
One of the most important things you need to understand about introverts is that they are great observers. Not having the need to be noticed means that introverts can devote their time to observe and analyze others, a task they usually excel at. It’s no coincidence that some of the careers usually embraced by introverts require high levels of conscientiousness and attention to detail: research scientist, software engineer, editor,
Ask for Their Opinion
Being the refined observers that they are, introverts are an excellent source of advice about the inner workings of your company. Problem is, their very nature makes them reluctant to share their opinion. This is not out of a desire to “play it hard,” though—introverts may assume that the things they notice are obvious and management should be already aware of them. To counter this tendency, make it a point to ask extroverted team members for their opinion. This will make them realize that their input is both welcome and necessary.
They May Prefer to Write
When it comes to expressing their ideas, many introverts prefer writing versus speaking. While this is not a general rule, an introvert may feel that writing her or him the time to get things just right, as opposed to speaking, where the chance of blurting out an erroneous fact is higher. If you are interested in getting an introverted employee’s feedback, you may get better results if you allow them to put their ideas in writing.
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