Environment can help or hinder introverts’ productivity.
We discussed open floor plan offices, which we agreed are tough on introverts, who struggle to be productive amidst office hubbub. But one of the supervisors recounted a conversation with an extrovert who’d said that she also had trouble concentrating in an open floor plan office because she had to fight the urge to join the hubbub. In fact, a recent study by a design firm confirms that nobody really likes the open office plan. After all, collaboration is just one aspect of productivity. Then there’s the shut-up-and-work part.