The power of supporting introverts in the workplace

May 23, 2024
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In today’s fast-paced and often extrovert-centric work environments, it’s easy to overlook introverted individuals’ unique needs and strengths.

Employers’ understanding and support of introversion in the workplace is crucial for fostering diversity, maximizing productivity, and creating a more inclusive culture.

But who’s making a mark in this space?

Pitcher Partners Melbourne shares how they’re ensuring introversion is a considered part of their workplaces. From hiring processes to team development, they share how they’re creating a workplace that actively supports those who identify as introverted.

What is ‘Introversion’?

Before delving into why introversion matters in the workplace, let’s clarify what it means. 

Contrary to popular belief, introversion is not synonymous with shyness or social anxiety. Instead, it’s a personality trait characterized by a preference for solitude, reflection, and internal processing, as opposed to extroversion, which thrives on external stimulation and social interaction.

We all lie somewhere on the introversion-extroversion spectrum, and you might find that on certain days, you lean more towards one end than the other. 

In the workplace, introversion can show up as:

1. Preference for solitude: Introverts may seek out quiet spaces or alone time to recharge their energy, which could be seen as less involved in office socializing.

2. Thoughtful decision-making: They prefer carefully considering options before contributing to meetings, leading to a more deliberate decision-making process.

3. Focused work style: Introverts often excel in tasks that require deep concentration and focus, leading them to prefer working independently on projects rather than in large, noisy groups.

4. Strong listening skills: Introverts tend to be good listeners, often taking in information before offering their insights or opinions, which can benefit collaborative settings.

5. Needing time to respond: Introverts need time to digest information and requests of them before offering their thoughts, opinions, and expertise.

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Why Introversion Needs Consideration in the Workplace

Introversion is a valuable aspect of who you are, and it’s important that your workplace recognizes and respects it. Despite making up a significant part of the workforce, introverted individuals often find their needs and contributions overlooked or misunderstood.

When introversion is ignored, it can lead to feelings of isolation, exhaustion, and a decline in work performance. You might struggle to keep up with the demands of an environment that doesn’t align with your natural tendencies.

However, when your workplace acknowledges and accommodates introversion, it can unlock your full potential. You’ll feel more valued and understood, leading to a more harmonious work environment where you can thrive alongside your colleagues.

It’s not just about fitting in; it’s about creating a space where you can truly flourish and contribute your best.

As a WORK180 Endorsed Employer, Pitcher Partners Melbourne is committed to ensuring all their employees can thrive.

Check out the strategies they have in place for driving equity in the workplace. 

How Pitcher Partners Supports Introverts in the Workplace

Pitcher Partners Melbourne is part of Pitcher Partners, a national association of six independently owned accounting and business advisory firms. They help businesses, families and individuals intelligently frame their goals and make the most of their potential. 

So, how do Pitcher Partners acknowledge introversion as a personal trait that needs to be nurtured in their teams?

Senior Talent Manager Rachel Sands-Hall shares the three core areas where they’re actioning this support the most:

1. The Hiring Process

Pitcher Partners understands that hiring practices can disproportionately favor extroverted candidates. Therefore, they employ a holistic approach to recruitment that values diverse personality types and skills—and it all starts with the job ad. Rachel advises:

“Alongside a comprehensive overview of the team, role, and essential qualifications, Pitcher Partners details the different personal attributes and skills that can help an individual thrive in the role.”

Understanding that introverts tend to be more contemplative and might need time to prepare responses, Pitcher Partners takes a transparent approach to the interview process. Using various interview types (including telephone, virtual, and in-person) allows candidates to showcase their suitability in different ways. 

“We also provide candidates with everything they’ll need ahead of the interview itself,” Rachel adds. “This includes a confirmation email with comprehensive interview information, position descriptions before phone screening, links to relevant information on the company website, recommendations on preparation to be done, the structure of the interview, and guidance on the types of questions they may be asked.” 

2. Levelling Up Communication Across Teams

Recognizing that introverts may prefer written communication or one-on-one interactions over large group settings, Pitcher Partners encourages a variety of communication channels to accommodate different preferences.

Through the use of psychometric tools like DiSC and Gallup Clifton Strengths. DiSC is an acronym that stands for the four main personality profiles described in the DiSC model: (D)ominance, (i)nfluence, (S)teadiness, and (C)onscientiousness. 

“With these resources, participants reflect on their personality styles and learn different ways to communicate with people who may have a different style, including introverts. It’s all about growing our own self-awareness and awareness for others,” says Rachel.

Pitcher Partners also offers professional development sessions, including topics such as ‘Communicating with impact.’ Rachel shares:

“This particular session was designed to help participants learn The Rule of Three model, which works on the principle that people tend to remember and respond better to information presented in groups of three. Essentially, we want to provide our teams with a range of tools that help them communicate effectively with everyone in the business.”

3. Tailored Career Development

Pitcher Partners is committed to fostering the professional growth of all employees, including introverts. They offer personalized development plans tailored to individual strengths and interests, allowing introverted team members to progress at their own pace and in ways that align with their preferences.

Their comprehensive suite of leadership programs focuses on four key concepts: 

  • Leading at Pitcher Partners
  • Knowledge of self and others, 
  • Leadership tools (systems and strategies)
  • Leadership application (ambiguity and adaptability).  

“In this program, participants reflect on their leadership style, how they operate under pressure, and how to lead teams through ambiguity,” advises Rachel. “Individuals learn how to adapt their style, whether they’re an introverted leader or a leader managing introverted employees—it’s about providing opportunities for all to work in ways that help them grow and feel successful.”

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Feel Supported in the Right Ways at Work

Supporting introverts in the workplace is not just a matter of diversity and inclusion; it’s a strategic imperative for unlocking innovation, creativity, and productivity. 

By understanding the unique needs and strengths of introverted individuals and implementing thoughtful policies and practices, organizations like Pitcher Partners are creating a more supportive and successful work environment for everyone.

Introverted, extroverted, or somewhere in between?

If you’re ready to feel supported for who you are in the workplace, explore current openings with Pitcher Partners Melbourne today.

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