Office design that supports the needs of introverts

Did you know that over one-third of the population are introverts? While extroverts are considered the movers and shakers, introverts are just as valuable to a business for getting a job done efficiently. So, how can we support introverts through office design?

Introverted people often need time away from colleagues in order to work effectively. However, quiet, private spaces are frequently overlooked in the quest to design modern open-plan office environments. 

Research shows that every disruption can double the time it takes to complete a task for those with an introverted personality, meaning they tend to rely on private spaces to do their best thinking. To appeal to this approach to work, an open office layout should develop a quiet zone where employees can focus and retreat when the open environment becomes overwhelming or too distracting. 

A simple way to adopt an ideal environment for introverts is to create sight line limitations, which can help create a private “bubble” that introverts rely on to stay motivated. 

Raised plant holders placed in-between desk spaces can give a touch more privacy and also reduce noise. Another benefit of using plants as dividers is an increase of positivity and well being, this is especially beneficial to introverts as they can be more vulnerable to workplace stress and illness. 

The contemporary office should be designed to acknowledge differences in personality, creating a range of various environments for individual work or group collaboration so the workforce have choice and control over where and how they work to reach their potential. 

Whether you’re an extrovert or introvert, we can’t expect workplaces designed with a cookie-cutter approach to help us do our best work. 

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