You’ll probably know the introverts when you see them. They’ll be quieter, dressed a bit more conventionally, and will prefer to listen or ask questions than talk about themselves. They are not the power tie, power suit, Type A movers and shakers that businesses may want, but they are the lifeblood of what businesses need.
They can usually bring five essential qualities to your workforce that you don’t want to go without. Because of their unique personalities and their general outlook on life they are usually naturally analytical, remarkably focused, are task-driven, loyal and anti-drama.
Introverts are naturally analytical
Mistakes can be costly. Introverts are naturally tuned to analyze everything around them. They will notice the flaws in strategy. They will see the questions raised, but unanswered, by your projects. They will often figure out ways to increase efficiency. Taking the time to solicit input from introverts, and then listening to them, can save your business time and money.
Introverts are remarkably focused
You might notice that your introverted employees are among the most productive. This stems from their exceptional ability to focus. Having your introverted employees working in roles where they can focus deeply on a smaller number of tasks will make them even more valuable, since they are more prone to finding too much stimuli (or too many tasks) exhausting.
Introverts are task-driven
Since introverts replenish their physical and mental energy from within themselves, rather than through social interaction, they are more task-oriented. They thrive on projects that provide them with autonomy and make use of their capacity for deep thought. As a result, their sense of accomplishment comes from knowing they did a good job. No matter how much praise they get, if an introvert is not happy with his or her own work, the praise is meaningless. They are driven to produce the highest quality work product.
Introverts are loyal
The last thing introverts want to do is go job searching. Networking, interviewing, talking about themselves – these are not strengths for introverts. They want to perform the work, not gain a particular image. They aren’t interested in going after the flashiest jobs with the highest salaries. They want an environment that encourages independence and master of a particular skill or field. Treat an introvert well, and you may have an employee for life.
Introverts are anti-drama
Introverts are quiet and prefer to listen. They prefer to skate through social interaction as quickly and painlessly as possible so they can return to their work. Despite the misconception, introverts are not necessarily snobs, arrogant, or elitist. They just don’t like small talk. They are the least likely employees to cause office drama, assuming people understand that they are just hard-wired to keep to themselves.