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Does your work consider whether you are an introvert or extrovert? Honestly, it never crossed my mind until recently. A previous employer labeled me, and I can’t seem to get passed it. I ponder over the fact that my outlook on what matters the most about being successful in a job position has been tarnished. Not only am I a woman in the workplace and a minority, but now I am considered a specific personality.
Being an introvert or extrovert… does it affect a person’s work ethic? My past experiences have taught me how to adapt and work with many individuals. I have always considered myself to be a well-rounded human being. I have believed myself to be reliable, trusted, and a hard worker. My prior work history has shown that I am not limited to a specific industry or job. But what are employers looking for? How are they narrowing their search for the right candidate?
Three years ago, I started work for a small company. Within days of taking the job the owner asked me to take an online survey. Little did I know that the survey would label me with my employer. It turned out it was a survey to decide if I was an introvert or extrovert. The survey concluded that I was an extrovert. I was then informed that the others in the office were introverts. The subject befuddled me, and I realized then I had become labeled in my present workplace.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago. I was applying for jobs to pick up added work. One business I applied with responded with a survey. The survey was comparable to the one I took a few years ago. However, the new survey concluded I’m an introvert. Now I’m thinking to myself what am I? Am I an introvert or an extrovert?
Online Research for Introvert Vs Extrovert
I’ve read on the internet about the differences on being an introvert or extrovert. So, I wonder how am I showing up as both? Was my survey affected by the mood I was in that day? Can working from home change my feelings about being around others? Or does being an introvert or extrovert really matter? You can see why I am feeling conflicted over the issue.
Summing up things regarding what I’ve read online regarding introverts and extroverts are that extroverts can run businesses and have the drive to become management. Introverts like to work by themselves with minimal social interactions. I know an extrovert who constantly receives instant gratification from social media, working around others, and staying quiet if not in a large group. But I often wonder where the quiet time is to evaluate management decisions for their job, plan an agenda, or just enjoy the peacefulness of life.
I have started multiple businesses, trained and assisted co-workers, managers, and owners. I’m still enjoying helping others and sharing what I know, but I don’t feel the constant need to be out or around others all the time. I am content providing the financial reports, entering transactions, and contemplating the next move. I like to talk through problems and I enjoy collaborations. A few meaningful relationships mean more than lots of non-meaningful ones. So, does this make me an introvert or an extrovert?
After mulling over the recent outcome of my survey these past few weeks I don’t know if I have an answer or if I want one. Ultimately, I know where I’ve been in life and I know where I’d like to be. The work I will accomplish will make me into whatever I need to be so my goals are successful. Therefore, if the work I put forth makes me an extrovert, then so be it. My biggest concern is that employers get to know their employees before labeling them or viewing them differently if they are not like everyone else.
Outspoken employees have an important role in a company; however, so do individuals who may not be as vocal. Employers need to consider every employee an asset. Society has made it difficult for individuals to just be themselves. Labels like gender, race, disabilities, and even generational categories make it hard to apply for jobs. By adding another factor when applying for a job only eliminates more great individuals.