How to engage the introverts and extroverts at your workplace

Are you an extrovert or introvert, and how does this impact you in the workplace? Extroverts thrive on stimuli, as this is how they stay charged, where introverts gain energy through solitude and quiet. It really doesn't matter what you are as much as that you're aware of your preferred trait and how it influences your behaviour in the workplace. Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, reports that introverts make up one-third of the work force. She explains that introverts like Ghandi have made significant contributions to society, but a barrier for introverts today is that the work world has been designed for extroverts. As a result, many introverts don't reach their full potential. That's a loss for both the individuals and their organizations.

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Article by Bill Howatt, chief research and development officer of work force productivity with Morneau Shepell.