Managers sometimes are dealing with the tricky duty of changing their leadership styles to engage, motivate, and create a productive environment for a diverse mix of personalities in the workplace.
Determine what fuels your employees' passions. Extroverts, for example, could rejoice at the chance to participate in a young professionals' initiative. Introverts may prefer to be part of a smaller group, such as a focus group focused on gaining insights into a particular topic or challenge.
But this is only the tip of the iceberg. In this article, we'll look at the most successful methods HR can assist company in creating a holistic work environment that appeals to a wide range of individuals and encourages them to participate in the day-to-day operations of the company.
How to work with an introvert:
Set a schedule in advance.
Introverts value preparation and organization. Giving people advance notice of activities and projects and sticking to a schedule can help them relax.
Send specifics ahead of time, for example, if there's a meeting or event, so they don't go in blind, according to Jennifer Kahnweiler, author of "Quiet Influence: The Introvert's Guide to Making a Difference.” They'll feel more at ease and appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Because introverts prefer one-on-one interactions over group meetings, it's a good idea to host some online chats to reduce tension.
"Make [idea-sharing] electronic," Lew advised. "We've just noticed a surge in crowdsourcing. This form of idea-sharing helps introverts to express themselves in an environment that is conducive to their social abilities. This strategy has resulted in large and meaningful contributions for organizations."
Give time and space
If any of your employees are now working from home, it's extremely vital to make sure the introverts on your team aren't overshadowed, especially during team meetings. Introverts may not try to speak again if someone tells them to stop during a discussion by loud personalities. They may grow distracted or feel marginalized if this happens frequently, especially if they work remotely. It's easy to miss the virtual participants on the call and neglect to include them in the dialogue during hybrid meetings.
As the manager, it is your responsibility to ensure that everyone feels they have the voice. To indicate who has the floor to talk to, use features like a conversation bar or a hand-raising feature, and practice waiting five to 10 seconds before jumping in. It's also a good idea to send out questions ahead of time so that everyone has more time to prepare. Encourage individuals to email you their views after the meeting or create a Google doc where everyone may contribute. The ability to interact asynchronously allows introverts who are scared to speak up in front of a large group.
How to work with an extrovert:
Let them speak
Don't diminish an extrovert's radiance; instead, encourage it. Assign introverts to do duties and roles that are compatible with their personalities and allow them to interact with others. Allow them to have their platform to express their thoughts and ideas, as they are likely to have many ideas.
While it's okay for extroverts to take up more time than others, make sure they're not the center of attention. When necessary, you should still say something, and sometimes it means being firm.
Workers must learn to speak up among chatty employees, according to Marc Miller,a career consultant. It's critical that everyone has an opportunity to speak, and extroverts often don't realize how much they're talking. Don't be afraid to interrupt them or steer the topic away from their offers.
Give some airspace
Set up a regular face-to-face or video conference with your extroverts if you notice that they struggle to feel connected; This will allow them to speak things through with you directly. You may also encourage people to use Zoom or Slack breakout groups to chat about their ideas without taking over a team meeting.
Encourage extroverts to return to the office for more "watercooler moments." According to research, these social, relationship-building activities are the most missed after the move to remote work. They assist extroverts in finding spontaneous moments of social interaction throughout the day, keep managers informed about what's going on in the company, and help team members create camaraderie, morale, and trust.
It's also vital to recognize that not all extroverts will be returning to work. Organize more optional hybrid team bonding events, ranging from a Zoom lunch chat to a hybrid meeting happy hour, to prevent excluding those staying at home from social activities. Hybrid lunches have emerged as the new social cafeteria, where team members can meet in person or virtually to share a 15-30 minute meal.
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