My Work Drains Me – Introvert Energy Rule Number 5

Introvert Energy Drain Rule Number Five – Choose a ‘Introverted’ Job

Introverts tend to be more sensitive to their environment than extroverts are. Being in busy or over-stimulating environments can be an energetic disaster for introverts. Working in the wrong job that does not take account for the introvert’s preference for working independently in calm conditions can lead to a stressful work life.

Speaking from experience, working in a normal office environment meant it was difficult for me to stay in a balanced and positive mood. I found the constant office chatter — such as overheard telephone conversations — to be immensely distracting as well as tiring. It was always essential for me to flee the company of my colleagues at lunchtime for some much-needed energetic restoration. I didn’t avoid their company because I was antisocial or because I didn’t like them. Rather, it was because more than anything, I needed to recover my energy from the draining office environment. However, the problem with this coping mechanism at work is that your colleagues will generally perceive you as not being a team player. You will, in some way, feel that you do not belong to the social life of the office. Plus, being perceived as an outsider can be detrimental to your career, as people prefer to give job opportunities and promotions to people they like. Therefore, as an introvert in a regular office job, you may find that your work and talents do not receive the recognition they deserve.

As a highly introverted person, I often reflect on how many jobs would be a bad fit for my personality. A good example of this is the mental picture I have of the busy supermarket environment during the Christmas shopping period. The energy of such environments is intensely draining for anyone with an introverted or highly sensitive personality (which often overlaps with introversion). More than this, introverts with sensitive tendencies are advised to avoid working in chaotic environments or in situations where there is a lot of negative energy, such as in an emergency ward, challenging school environment, or airport. This is because many introverts tend to soak up the energy around them, which will be hazardous to their wellbeing. Only if an introvert is sure they can balance the negative energy exposure with calm and tranquil time alone can they be sure to cleanse themselves of such disruptive energy. In my opinion, these kinds of jobs are best left to people who are not sensitive to their environment.

If, as an introvert, you find yourself in a job that constantly demands that you perform in a way that is against your nature, my advice to you would be to consider changing your career. For example, if you are in a sales job where you have to approach members of the public all day long and initiate them in conversation so you can sell them something, such a job is likely to be your job from hell. A much better option for you is to find a job that is in tune with your preference for independent working and project work. You have immense powers of concentration and creativity which can take you far in life should you apply them.

About Jade Joddle Jade Joddle is a speech and voice teacher who gives her non-native speaker clients back the confidence they had in their native language. She teaches high-level professionals to Speak Well in English so that they thrive and succeed.