Employees in office settings are commonly expected to intermingle with those around them, sharing cubicles and making small talk on their lunch breaks. As an introvert, you might prefer one-on-one communication or, quite frankly, to avoid social interactions altogether sometimes. Unlike your extroverted friends, you need alone time to recharge and help you make it through a busy work week. Here are some techniques you can use to excel as an introvert in the workplace.
- Flex your creative muscles. Contrary to popular belief, being introverted isn’t a weakness. You simply need to find a job that maximizes your strengths. For instance, fields such as marketing, graphic design, writing, and editing require creativity and attention to detail, skills that introverts often have.
- Consider freelance work. Many introverts are self-starters who don’t need the external motivation that extroverts require. This means you might excel in a freelance position working as a social media analyst, event coordinator, editorial assistant, graphic designer, copywriter, or proofreader. Freelancers tend to work independently for long periods without a supervisor breathing down their neck. This is just what many introverts need.
- Look for a technical job. Do you enjoy thinking things over and taking a thorough approach to your work? If you’re this type of introvert, you may excel in engineering or science, fields that require research and problem-solving skills.
- Find a company that communicates asynchronously. As an introvert, group meetings might turn you off. You may wonder why emails and group chat can’t get the job done. Many companies utilize such asynchronous communication methods to avoid breaking people away from their work while still providing channels for support and feedback. Find a company that uses technology to the fullest so you can benefit in this way.
- Request a private area to work. If you’re already looking for a job where you can work independently, there should be no reason to share your workspace with someone else. Whether it’s a private cubicle or an entire office to yourself, having a quiet place to work is invaluable as an introvert.
- Plan your tasks ahead of time. While extroverts tend to fly by the seat of their pants, introverts often prefer a higher level of organization and predictability. If your job allows for it, schedule the tasks you plan to perform at least a few days in advance. This may be critical to remain on schedule if there are multiple tight deadlines you must adhere to.
If you’re a leader in your company, you can help all members of your team—introverts and extroverts alike—interact and get to know one another at training and team-building events. Texas Training and Conference Centers is the ideal place to hold such events. With our fully equipped, soundproof conference rooms, continental breakfast, and optional catered lunches, you have everything you need to have a successful event. To learn more about our services, or to reserve a training facility in Houston, please contact us at 832.982.1708 today.
Rolling the dice on new employees can be a big risk. What if you had the chance to test out workers before hiring them full-time? By leveraging internships, you can! This is the perfect opportunity to find summer workers, see if they’re a smart match for your company, and invite them to stick around.
Of course, your interns must be equally interested in joining your company as you are to add their enthusiasm and talent to your team. Here’s how to inspire interns to become full-time employees.
- Bring on a group of interns all at once. This eliminates the feeling of being the “new kid” and helps young, like-minded talent bond with one another. Then, when the time comes to hire, you can turn your interns into a new group of “fresh” employees.
- Convey your company’s purpose. Your interns may feel uninspired by your business if they’re unsure why you do what you do. Crafting a compelling purpose—and reminding your interns of it often—gives the feeling of being on a mission. This way, your interns feel as though their time and energy are being put to good use.
- Determine your interns’ specific skills. To help you identify where your interns might fit best within your company, bring them to meetings, cross-train them in different departments, and let them brainstorm on projects.
- Assign mentors. When each intern works under a different full-time employee, two important things happen. First, your interns become excited about the opportunities that await them if they perform well. Second, it gives them an inside look at the culture of working at this company.
- Don’t treat your interns like children. If you want your interns to be vested in your company, prove that you take them seriously. Let them work on real projects and contribute their ideas. When you offer worthwhile work experience, your interns are more likely to remain as full-time employees.
- Provide positive reinforcement. Just like your senior employees, interns want to feel valued for their time and commitment. If they’re doing a good job, let them know. This simple feedback is a highly effective way to mold new company champions.
- Include interns in company activities. Interns often feel disconnected from the rest of the team. To prevent this, invite them to attend training and team-building events with the rest of your staff. Your interns will feel like part of the group, making them more inclined to stick around when you extend the invitation.
As a company leader, it’s your job to make your interns feel welcome and valued so they want to join your team full-time. Hosting corporate training seminars for your entire staff, including interns, is one way to do this. Consider holding your event at Texas Training and Conference Centers in Houston. Our facility is fully equipped with the latest technology to make your time with us a success! To learn more about our Houston training and events center, please contact us at 832.982.1708.