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How An Introvert Can Survive An Open Office Concept

Aug 28, 2022

How An Introvert Can Survive An Open Office Concept


If you're an introvert, you probably know that it can be hard to work in an open office. Introverts need their alone time, and they often find themselves feeling easily distracted by their co-workers' conversations. But don't lose hope! If you try a few simple strategies, it's possible to thrive in an open-concept office environment as an introvert:

Don't forget your headphones.

A common mistake that people make when trying to work in an open office concept is forgetting their headphones. This can be a very costly mistake because it means that you have no way of getting any work done without being distracted by your co-workers. You should always be prepared for the worst (i.e., you'll forget your headphones) by bringing a backup pair of headphones and extra batteries for them if possible, as well as a third pair just in case one or both of those, fail on you."

Try to avoid sitting next to chatty coworkers.

The first thing to do is, to be honest with yourself. If your coworker’s constant chatter is driving you nuts, it’s okay to ask them to keep their distance or move somewhere else.

If you can't move your desk, try doing everything in your power to steer clear of that person as much as possible. You should also limit the time when you are forced into conversation with them. When a conversation starts up between the two of you, try ending it as quickly as possible by saying something like: "I have an important phone call coming in" or "I'm expecting an email from my boss."

Create space for yourself in the office.

  • Create a space for yourself.

  • Create a space where you can focus.

  • Create a space where you can be away from distractions.

  • Create a space where you can be away from the noise, like loud conversations or other people’s phone calls ringing in the background.

  • And finally, create a space where you can be away from people altogether, both physically and digitally (by closing your laptop).

Ask if you can telecommute some days a week.

If you’re an introvert working on a cubicle farm, it can be tough to stay productive when you have to deal with interruptions every few minutes. It might be worth asking your manager or HR department if you can telecommute some days of the week. You can explain how this will benefit both your company and yourself:

  • Your work will be more focused because there aren’t as many distractions around you. This means that when you’re at home, your brain will be able to focus on one task at a time without being distracted by others nearby who are talking loudly over their phones or playing music from their personal playlist (which might not even match up well with the vibe that your boss wants for teambuilding exercises).

  • This should also make it easier for people in other departments to communicate with each other since they don't have to worry about interrupting people who may not want any distractions during specific times of day (and maybe don't want them ever).

  • If possible, try asking if there's another option besides just working at home all day long; perhaps some days could be spent telecommuting while others would require face-to-face interaction with coworkers away from the home base where everyone else can see each other too!

Find a space outside of the office to work from time to time.

  • Find a space outside of the office to work from time to time.

  • Make the most of your time outside of the office to work from time to time.

It's possible to be an introvert and have a job in an open-office concept, but it's important to take care of yourself.

There are ways to manage the situation, but it's important to remember that you need to take care of yourself. It's easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of an open-office concept environment.

We all know that we need a break from time to time—it doesn't matter if you're introverted or extroverted (or somewhere in between). If you can, schedule some "me" time into your schedule at least once per day. This could be as simple as taking a walk around the block or grabbing some coffee with a friend during lunch break; doing so will give you peace of mind and help keep those pesky stress levels down.


You might not be able to fully avoid working in an open office, but you can make the most of it. It’s important to take care of yourself as an introvert. Don’t forget your headphones, try to avoid sitting next to chatty coworkers, and create space for yourself when possible. You also need to find a place outside of your office where you can work whenever possible (maybe even every day). Even though it may feel like there are more distractions than ever before at work due to open-concept offices, they don't have to be all bad if we just learn how our brains work!

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