There are plenty of perks when working at home – you always know that your favourite coffee and snacks are in the cupboard, you can turn up for the day in your pyjamas and the commute is pretty stress-free by anyone’s standards.
If you’re an introvert, the perks are even more pronounced. An introvert is someone who prefers to be alone or in a one-on-one situation. They don’t tend to thrive in a crowd and can think best when they’re left to their own devices.
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You Don’t Have to Come up with Watercooler Chat
For introverts, small talk can be seriously painful. That superficial communication where you ask about someone’s weekend or if they caught they latest episode of such-and-such a series or if they’ve got any plans for the evening can be pretty emotionally draining when you’re towards the introverted end of the spectrum.
Working from home, you don’t have to make small talk with anyone. You can strike up a conversation with your cat or call one of your nearest and dearest if you want to. But there’s no pressure to engage in meaningless office chit-chat.
You Can Work in a Noise-Free Environment
Many introverts feel overwhelmed by constant noise and the comings and goings of an office environment. Even a commute or a stroll down a busy street on the way to work can take its toll. There’s always something happening and (even with your headphones in) it can be difficult to concentrate amongst all the hubbub.
That’s where working from home offers another huge perk for introverts. In your own space, you can be completely in control of your work environment. You can switch your phone off and work in serene peace and quiet – the conditions you need to work at your best.
You Get More Done
Introverts don’t always like working within a group. Being on a team can slow them down and make them feel anxious. Equally, having a boss breathing down their neck or organising impromptu meetings can disrupt their day and put them on edge.
Working under your own steam and in the comfort of your own home, however, you’re more likely to work productively and creatively. Introverts work much more effectively when they have time and space to develop their own thoughts. Being put on the spot in a meeting or dealing with extraverts in a group situation just isn’t conducive.
You Don’t Have to Justify your Introversion
Extraversion is valued above introversion in our society. Being gregarious and sociable is seen as the ideal. When you’re more introverted, people can worry that there’s something wrong. They think that just because you’re quiet or you’re not offering an opinion as loudly as the next person, that you’re upset or offended or don’t understand the issues being discussed.
When you’re at home, people are less conscious of your introversion and you don’t have to constantly justify it to others. You don’t have to talk to strangers or make small talk or attend big meetings where you’re introversion may stand out. At home, you can work on your own to produce the results required. And, at the end of the day, that’s all anyone is really interested in.
Working from home as an introvert has a number of pretty amazing perks. For people who thrive when they’re working on their own, there’s really no better route to a happy and productive working life.