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Creating a workplace where introverts thrive

UC culture sessions hosted two workshops entitled ‘Introverts: How to stay sane in a world where people won’t stop talking’ on 1 and 8 June, which were were facilitated by Alan Palmer from Capital Works.

The first part of the workshop ‘priming the pump’ provided an overview of the Myers Briggs MBTI introvert style and explored the ways in which introverts are energised.  Group members discovered that their primary style was a preference only.

170615-introverts blahThe question put to the groups was “How might we create a workplace where introverts thrive and not just survive?” The two groups totalling 29 introverts and 3 brave extroverts generated 74 ideas in 10 minutes and voted on the top ideas.

The big message from the groups was – It’s all about relationships.

  • How we interact/listen in teams and meetings
  • Having an appreciation for different ways of processing information
  • How we value our colleagues
  • Being able to express our gifts and talents in the workplace.

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Feedback received from attendees included:

Lyndsay:
I enjoyed this workshop because we had the opportunity to take time to reflect on some of our work style preferences.  The reflection was structured and focused us onto ways to positively move forward within our own work groups but also for UC more widely.

Hugh:
The session was hugely valuable, as any effort to raise the awareness of the value of EVERY member in a team is to be applauded. We need to acknowledge and empower our so-called introverts.

Tim:
Was really interested in one of the ideas suggested about how we could make job interviews less scary for introverts – providing some questions in advance to allow time for preparation.  I’d like to give this a try in the next recruitment I’m involved in.

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The UC culture sessions are for all UC staff. They run each Thursday at 2pm for one hour alternating between Dovedale and Ilam Campuses.  Forthcoming topics are listed on Sharepoint

Contact michel.fivet@canterbury.ac.nz  for further information.