Who would you rather have as an employee? Tom, who’s action-oriented and is good with people? Or Sam who thinks about it first and likes to work alone? The answer is you need both. But introverts like Sam (and the contributions they make) often get overlooked. Here’s how to engage and nurture introverted employees so your small business gets the most from everyone on your staff.
Identifying how employees relate to people helps you understand them better. Most people are somewhere in-between these personality types:
With today’s emphasis on working in teams, many businesses are geared toward extroverts. But that doesn’t mean introverts can’t make significant contributions too. Here are some tips to nurture high performing introverts:
Introverted employees often have some of the best ideas and insights, but speaking up often goes against their personality. Give them a supportive environment and you can maximize their contribution to your small business.
Want more information? Listen to this TED Talk from best-selling author Susan Cain who speaks about the power of introverts in business.