Working from home is a godsend for introverted people. However, it’s the opposite for extroverts who crave social interaction. Many of them probably miss face-to-face engagement with staff members and clients the most.
Handling remote workers from different parts of the world can be rewarding AND challenging. It can also feel a little more stressful for extroverts who derive energy from social interactions.
Think about it. How many of you extroverts felt especially demotivated and isolated in the past year and a half? But if you’ve got no choice but to work remotely for a while, here are four ways to help you cope better:
Switch Things Up
The shift to remote work was so drastic that most of us didn’t have enough time to transition properly. Up to this day, some extroverts still feel trapped by the monotony of working from home every day without stepping out of the house.
What can you do about this? For starters, you can introduce a little novelty to your daily routine. Why not change up your morning routine by doing things in a different order? You can start the day by journaling on Mondays and with a quick workout on Wednesdays, for instance.
If you have enough space at home, you can also try working in different rooms or areas everyday. This way, you can enjoy a little variety even if your job involves doing the same things every single day.
Establish a Virtual Workspace
If you manage a team, you probably need to discuss insights with colleagues or even team members every now and then. This might feel more natural prior to the pandemic, but the WFH setup also allows you to do this.
You can try simulating a virtual workplace, where you invite staff and fellow managers to hop on to a common video channel. Turn on your camera and microphone just speak up like how you would in a normal setting during sessions and encourage everyone else to do the same.
Sure, it’s still not the same as a face-to-face meeting, but it’s still better than talking to the brick walls at home.
Practice Leadership More Deliberately
Extroverts and introverts alike can get a boost from accomplishing significant tasks. Hence, consider these challenging times as an opportunity to flex or develop your leadership skills.
How can you motivate your distributed teams better? What can you do to improve productivity in the digital workplace? What strategies will you implement to enhance individual work performance?
Many extroverts draw strength from a strong sense of purpose, so this is your chance to rise to the occasion and make something out of a challenging situation.
Change Your Mindset
Believe it or not, working from home is good for BOTH introverts and extroverts. Remote work can actually give you the perfect opportunity to improve your work-life balance. If your social commitments pre-pandemic made it hard for you to do this, then now is a great time to recalibrate.
Although you might feel like the cards are stacked against you, you’re not without options. By making a few adjustments, you can turn your work life around. And maybe, just maybe, you might even find a way to enjoy working from home permanently. *wink*wink*
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