It’s hard being the quiet one in the office, so I wrote an Introvert’s Guide to Being Recognized at Work.
Are you often passed over for raises, promotions, or special projects because you are shy and reserved? Do you feel that you aren’t given the respect or attention you deserve because you aren’t the boldest or most assertive one in the office? If this sounds like you, then this post is a must-read, because I am speaking directly to you. As a former HR Manager, more often than not, I managed many employees who were good workers, but because they were introverts, they got lost in the shuffle. While this is somewhat understandable, it isn’t really fair, and I want to help those of you who may be feeling a little left out.
I’ve created An Introvert’s Guide to Being Recognized at Work, and if you apply these tips and principles, I can almost guarantee that you will see results. Let’s dive in.
Utilize written communication
Since you may not be the most outspoken person, let email and written communication be your calling card. When working with others on projects, or just simply sharing your thoughts or feedback, write well written correspondence and emails that will make your counterparts take notice. This will impress your colleagues, and allow you to really flex your knowledge and wisdom in your areas of expertise.
Be an active part of the team
Don’t let your quietness label you an inactive participant. Make sure to be present at meetings and chime in when necessary. Work diligently to produce results and let your excellence speak for itself.
Participate in conferences and discussions
Utilize body language to visually show that you are interested. Lean in, use eye contact, and chime in at least once to showcase your interest in the project and job at hand.
Practice in the mirror
You can’t avoid talking to others completely while in the office, so to make it more comfortable to you, practice in the mirror talking points and other items of importance so that it gives you more ease. While practicing, smile, and show interest. The more you are relaxed, the better you will feel, and the more encouraged to build working relationships with others in the office.
Establish rapport with a strong colleague/coworker
If you work in an office, chances are that you aren’t the only introvert. You can handle this situation by teaming up with another introvert in the office to have someone to talk to as both of you navigate the inner workings. You can also partner with someone who is an extrovert to help you be more expressive while on the clock.
Let your work be your advocate
What speaks the loudest professionally is not how loud or vocal you are, but how good your work is. Create exceptional projects and results, and you will not be looked over, no matter if you are reserved, shy, or to yourself. Your awesome work can’t be denied, so play up your strengths in order to be recognized.
Being an introvert isn’t easy, but you can still work your way up the corporate ladder despite your wallflower tendencies. I hope this list assists you in accomplishing your professional goals.