By Katlin Furore | December 4, 2021
DEAR READERS: Many people welcomed the opportunity to work from home in 2020 — and many employees continue to opt for that remote set-up. Introverts, especially, likely feel more comfortable with the virtual office, but they are just the people who could get lost by not being in the office when others are returning. If you’re in this situation, or know someone who is, you might be wondering how introverts can stay visible to co-workers and supervisors when working from home.
John Hackston, head of thought leadership at The Myers-Briggs Company, confirms this is a potential problem introverts face.
“We know from research that introverts are typically happier to work from home than extroverts,” says Hackston, who notes that isn’t a surprising find. “Working in a busy office where you are constantly interacting with other people can be tiring. When in early 2020 many people suddenly had to work from home, most introverts found this fairly easy. Some even welcomed it.”
In fact, according “The COVID-19 crisis: Personality and perception,” a Meyer-Briggs’ study released in December 2020, introverts were significantly more likely than extraverts say they enjoyed working from home. “They also enjoyed the peace and quiet of doing so, and were significantly less likely to miss having people around or to worry that they were becoming too isolated,” Hackston adds.
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