One-third to half of the U.S. population might be introverts, according to many studies.
Susan Cain’s introvert manifesto, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” made it more acceptable for introverted employees to embrace and champion their serious and reflective style in the workplace. Yet, being an introvert at work can still be challenging, especially if you work in an office full of colleagues who love to brainstorm and collaborate, and never miss an opportunity to socialize during lunch or at happy hour.
Being an introvert isn’t about whether you’re shy or outgoing, says Karen Wickre, author of “Taking the Work out of Networking: An Introvert’s Guide to Making Connections that Count.” It’s more about how you recharge after a long day and what gives you energy, says Wickre, a former Google executive, editorial director of Twitter and self-described introvert. “Introverts need quiet time to regroup and recharge, and then they can go out into a crowd again,” she said.
Not sure if you’re an introvert or an extrovert? Take this simple test and find out. The answer may surprise you. If it turns out you’re an introvert, here are 16 ways to excel as an introvert in the workplace.