Introverts vs extroverts – how to make your office space work for everyone

60% of workers don’t think their employers are catering for their individual needs – are you doing enough?

Research from online office furniture supplier DBI Furniture has found 60% of workers don’t think that their employers are catering for their individual needs.
Managing Director Nick Pollitt believes a lot more can be done to facilitate the needs of every employee make them feel as comfortable as possible in their working environment, regardless of their personality traits.
He says it’s important to understand how different personality types thrive. Introverts and extroverts, for example. Introverts dislike noise, interruptions and big group settings. They prefer time to think before speaking and benefit from building relationships and trust one-on-one. Space is important for them to focus and they much prefer individual projects.
Extroverts, however, gravitate toward groups and tend to think out loud becoming energised by personal interactions, social gatherings and shared ideas
Here, Pollitt explains how to create a workspace that caters for both introverts and extroverts…

How to make your office space work for everyone
For introverts:
  • A huddle room where just two or three people can get together and concentrate on getting a project wrapped up or kickstarted
  • A dedicated silent zone with hot desks for those who need quiet to concentrate
  • Or an ‘intimate corner’ with comfy bean bags or a sofa
For extroverts:
Extroverts thrive on social situations, so you should aim to include common areas in your workspace and opportunities to collaborate in your office design.
  • Video conferencing areas allows those who need to see and hear others to formulate ideas and work effectively with staff or partners in another location.
  • Adjustable height desks with monitor arms allow for screen sharing and allow the extrovert freedom to roam and ‘spark’ with others.
  • A large community table? It’s an ideal setup for extroverts to meet new people across departments each week, and offers introverts the chance to engage in social chitchat but disconnect without guilt after the break.
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