August 17, 2017 By Colleen Regan
August 4, 2017
Balancing Work Styles To Get Teamwork Done
Remote work may be heaven for the introvert, but plenty of extroverts find off-site work appealing. And vice versa introverts may hate large group gatherings while extroverts thrive in crowds. A team is only as strong as the sum of its parts. Which means success depends on the team’s ability to embrace both personality types.
How do you create an environment that’s friendly to both? You do it by mixing things up. The team leader needs to give introverts and extroverts equal opportunities to express themselves and to get projects done — while keeping in mind their different work and communication styles.
Our recent survey of 1,000 knowledge workers found an almost-even split among work preferences. While 36 percent of the workers preferred working in teams and 32 preferred going solo. It’s safe to say that by using different approaches to collaboration, meetings and communication, you can find a sweet spot for an environment that embraces different personalities.
‘Quiet’ Time vs. the Spotlight
In her book, “Quiet,” Quiet Revolution co-founder Susan Cain says that introverts “listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation.” Conflict, big groups and speaking out in public can easily undo them.
To help introverts feel less overwhelmed:
Scientists believe the extroverts’ brains are actually wired differently, which may explain why extroverts thrive on a multitude of outside stimulus. This includes anything from constantly communicating to being publicly recognized. They aren’t shy about being in the spotlight and they prefer acting in the moment.
To give extroverts opportunities to shine:
Balancing the Styles
The beauty of remote work is that it’s easily adaptable to any style. The trick is to find the harmony among the differences. Here are some more ideas to get the most out of your team’s dynamics:
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