09/03/2013 11:04 am ET

How To Design A Better Office For Both Introverts And Extroverts


At Steelcase, we regularly survey workers from diverse industries, job types, locations and age groups about their workplace satisfaction, and for years the number one issue has stayed the same: 95.3 percent of workers say having “access to quiet, private places for concentrated work” is important, but over 41 percent say they don't have them. That's a big problem for all workers, but especially for introverts (estimated at one-third to half of the population), who recharge their batteries by being alone. It's an even bigger issue for organizations that employ both introverts and extroverts and who need to leverage the strengths of all workers as they strive to be more innovative and nimble in a competitive climate.

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