So you want the perfect workspace. You are thinking about letting everyone choose to work anywhere and anytime they want. You want to let the introverts go on with their own, focused world and let the extroverts work while playing their music loud,—because that way, everyone will simply be happy and productive, right?
It does not always work that way.
While everyone is trying to accommodate the overlooked introverts, the extroverts also need some privacy, space, and quiet “alone” time in the office. To help you further understand, here are some of the reasons extroverts also need privacy at work:
They Also Need a Place to Let Their Guards Down
As humans, even extroverts need a place where they can be with themselves, recharge, and let their guard down. They need privacy as much as they need socialisation. Too often, however, owners design their office workspaces with a strong bias toward social connections and collaborations (open workspaces), and they don’t think about giving a space for concentration.
You need to show them that it’s okay to withdraw sometimes. There’s no better way to show them that than to do an office refurbishment. Perth experts say you need to mix open plan with cubicles when it comes to designing an office space.
They Want a Place to Communicate Privately
Have you heard of the saying, “Two is a company; three’s a crowd”?
Extroverts love an audience, but they also want real relationships and cooperation. They can only build that through one-on-one conversation. That can’t happen in a space where people feel pressured to mingle and express themselves in such a way that protects their image. Relationships only happen when people feel safe in a space where they can communicate privately.
Some Days They Simply Feel Like Getting Stuff Done
Some days, your extrovert people will feel like settling down and getting the tasks done. That’s right—even extroverts have things they need to focus on without distractions. That happens sometimes to some people.
Some employees draw inspiration from groups of people and lots of stimuli, but even they have moments when they simply need to get away and focus.
The takeaway? Extroverts have needs, too, when it comes to office design. The point here is that you should not design your office with a cookie-cutter approach. You need a space for both introverts and extroverts—an enclosed space and a shared space.