10 Reasons Why Introverts Make the Best Employees

Updated on May 19, 2020
JenniferWilber profile image

Jennifer Wilber works as an ESL instructor, substitute teacher, and freelance writer. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and English.

Introverts aren't afraid to work independently.
Introverts aren't afraid to work independently. | Source

10 Reasons Not to Overlook Introverted Applicants

All too often introverts get a bad rap in the workplace. They are seen as too shy, quiet, sensitive, and aloof to excel in an office environment that requires teamwork and communication skills. These stereotypes of introverts hurt not only introverted job seekers, but the companies who overlook them as well. Because introverts tend to be independent, creative, and productive by nature, they have personality traits that make them valuable and indispensable additions to any workplace. If you are looking for team members to add valuable new insight and increased productivity to your company, you should seek out candidates with introverted personality types.

1. Introverts Are Independent

Introverts tend to prefer to work independently. While introverts can work together in a team setting just as well as extroverts, they thrive when they are able to work on a task independently. They prefer to learn new tasks on their own and they learn best by doing. Unlike more extroverted employees, introverts don’t need much hand-holding when it comes to learning new work-related skills. Introverts are self-starters who prefer to get down to work, rather than waiting for other team members to take the initiative to get started first. If you are looking for an employee who is a self-starter and doesn’t need too much guidance to get started on new projects, an introverted candidate is your best bet!

2. Most Introverts Are Creative by Nature

Introverts think outside the box. Because introverts spend more time reflecting and processing information than their extroverted counterparts, introverts find it easier to look at problems from different angles and offer up novel and innovative solutions that may be overlooked by your extroverted team members. Introverts see the world differently from extroverts, so they will be able to offer new insights in tackling any problem your company may face or in creating new products or marketing strategies. If your company does business in a creative field, you definitely need plenty of introverts on your team.

Introverts are always thinking of new ideas.
Introverts are always thinking of new ideas. | Source

3. Introverts Think Before They Speak

Introverts are often stereotyped as quiet and aloof. While introverts may not be the most talkative team members, when they do speak up, it is wise to listen to what they have to say. While extroverts tend to be uncomfortable with silence, filling any silence with the first thing that comes to their mind, regardless of the value it adds to the conversation, introverts prefer to wait until they have something of value to contribute. This means that introverts spend more of their workday problem-solving and innovating, rather than wasting company time on idle chit-chat.

4. Introverts Think in the Long Term

Introverts tend to be less distracted by immediate rewards than their extroverted counterparts, according to Laurie Helgoe, author of INTROVERT POWER: Why Your Inner Life is Your Hidden Strength and clinical psychologist and professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. In an interview with Daily Mail, Helgoe went on to say:

“[Introverts] are also content to work on projects that require long stretches of solitude. For these reasons, introverts seem better able to resist distractions and carry out long-range plans – the ones that reap rewards farther down the line.

Introverts value long-term solutions, not just the immediate rewards. This trait makes introverted employees an indispensable part of your team.

5. Introverts Make Excellent Leaders

Despite conventional wisdom, introverts can also be more effective leaders than extroverts in many situations. In leadership roles, introverts have a unique ability to bring out the creativity in the employees they lead. Introverts can bring out the initiative in employees who tend to be more proactive. Clinical psychologist Laurie Helgoe states in a recent interview:

“[R]ecent evidence reveals that introverts are better than extroverts at leading proactive employees. It seems that introverts are better at supporting and channeling the initiative and creativity of employees, while extroverts lead better when employees are more passive.”

Introverts have a unique ability to bring out the best in your entire team, especially when they hold leadership roles in your company.

Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength
Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength
In this book, clinical psychologist Laurie Helgoe shows introverts how to make their introverted personality traits work for them in a culture that places more value on extroverted personalities. This book is a must read for introverts, and for extroverts who want to gain more insight into the inner lives of introverts. It is highly recommended for introverts and for extroverted managers who might want more insight into the thinking process of their introverted employees.

6. Introverts Are Excellent Listeners

Because introverts are more reflective by nature, they tend to listen to what their coworkers have to say regarding the current project and carefully consider their coworkers ideas before adding in their own input. While extroverts tend to listen just enough to respond with their own contributions, introverts are more likely to value their coworkers’ ideas just as much as their own. Because introverts are great listeners, having introverted team members in your office can boost overall communication within and between departments and increase your company’s productivity.

7. Introverts Usually Don’t Play Office Politics

Introverts usually aren’t interested in playing office politics. While your more extroverted employees are busy playing mind games, your introverted employees are more concerned with focusing on the job at hand. Introverts prefer to get ahead in the workplace using their own work ethic and innovating, rather than through less honest means involving office politics. Introverts value efficiency and transparency within the workplace, and don’t have time for interpersonal drama or office politics. Introverts are generally honest and thoughtful, and don’t play into power play tactics employed by many extroverted employees.

Introverts value input from the entire team.
Introverts value input from the entire team. | Source

8. Introverts Tend to Be More Humble

Introverts are usually more humble than extroverts. They tend to be able to see situations from other people’s perspectives easily and are usually willing to admit to their own mistakes and failures. Introverts are able to learn from their mistakes and move forward. Introverts generally won’t try to hide their mistakes, which could lead to bigger problems down the road. Instead, they see failure as a learning opportunity and use what they learned to improve their skills in the workplace. Introverts are less likely to crave glorification, though you should still give them the recognition they deserve for a job well done.

9. Introverts Don’t Need to Be the Center of Attention

While many extroverts feel the need to be the center of attention in the workplace, introverts are more interested in getting the job done. Introverts don’t let their egos get in the way of their productivity at work. They are willing to give credit where credit is due, rather than trying to take credit for other team members’ accomplishments. Introverts are passionate about their ideas and about creating new things for the sake of innovation, not because they are seeking attention or recognition. Introverts are willing to take other team members ideas into consideration instead of only pushing for their own ideas without listening to the ideas of others.

Introverts value work ethic and innovation. They can focus on their work independently for long stretches of time.
Introverts value work ethic and innovation. They can focus on their work independently for long stretches of time. | Source

10. Introverts Tend to Be More Productive at Work

Introverts are dependable and able to focus on solitary projects for long stretches of time. They prefer to get down to work and focus on the task at hand, without spending company time making small-talk or gossiping with fellow employees. Introverts have a unique ability to find creative solutions to problems that may be overlooked by other team members. Introverts pride themselves on a job well done and tend to be efficient workers.

Introverts Are Valuable Additions to Your Team

Though there are many misconceptions about introverts in the workplace, introverts can make for the best employees. By including people with many different personality traits, including introverts, on your team, you can increase productivity and make your company even more successful. Introverts provide creative insights and add immense value to your team.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2018 Jennifer Wilber


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • AnamikaPatel profile image

      Anamika Patel 

      2 years ago from India

      Nice article, i love the thought of @Jennifer because she choose a really interesting topic. I can also relate this content with my personality as well. But the one thing which i feel that it is very important for introvert person to take step in their work and should try to participate in office activities as well except office politics.

    • dredcuan profile image

      Travel Chef 

      2 years ago from Manila

      I totally agree with all of these reasons because I am also an introvert. I think the downside of an introvert working in an office setting is the politics happening around inside the office. Since introverts tend to be quite, some supervisors find them conceited individuals.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, toughnickel.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)