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Keep Introverts and Extroverts Motivated with a Fair Reward and Recognition Policy

January 23rd, 2018

Both small and large companies are made up of employees who are motivated differently. Introverts and extroverts aren’t always easy to distinguish at first glance, but it’s important that both of them have a fair environment to do their work and grow successfully in their careers.

Common Differences between Introverts and Extroverts

If it doesn’t come up in the hiring process, soon after getting acquainted with the office, your employees will show whether or not they are introverts or extroverts in their working habits.

Extroverts are more likely to receive promotions, raises, or company praise because of their tendency to speak up in meetings and offer more opinions. While they may very well be doing great work, this is an unfair approach to rewarding and recognizing your employees because it dismisses the introverted employees unjustly. An introvert may have profound feedback or suggestions, but they most likely want to think it through before making a comment out loud for others to hear or judge.

Without fair consideration, companies can face unnecessary employee turnover because qualified introverts leave due to feeling overlooked and underappreciated.

How to Be Fairly Reward and Recognize All Employees

To avoid employee turnover and unintentional exclusion of introvert employees, a careful balance and consideration of both personality groups need to flourish at your company.

Consider Brainwriting for Meetings

Meetings are one of the worst settings for introverts to be excluded and overlooked. Extroverts can unintentionally dominate, just because they enjoy speaking out and sharing opinions and feedback. When employees are encouraged to share ideas, consider asking them to anonymously write the ideas on a piece of paper (an approach called “brainwriting”). Then these ideas can be shared with the group. This allows for all opinions to be heard without anyone feeling intimidated, left out, or feeling like it’s a popularity contest.

Offer Different Work Environment Options

Office layout actually makes a big difference for how introvert and extrovert employees are motivated to do their work. While you shouldn’t have to do an office remodel, it is important to have both open work areas and quiet nooks for employees to do their work. The extrovert may find their energy from the hustle of the office and open layout, while the introvert might enjoy a quieter setting to gather their thoughts and focus on the projects they have.

Encourage Employees to Stretch

No, not yoga. While employees function differently based on their personality, they should have to reach outside their comfort zones and work together. Extroverts need the challenge of listening to peers before jumping in, while introverts need to get used to opening up. It’s healthy to require your employees to stretch beyond their comfort so they can become better workers altogether.

Become the Leader Your Company Needs

For more ideas and guidance to help you become the best leader for your company, contact Concorde Personnel.

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