A key strength of ambiverts—people who don’t strongly identify as an introvert or an extrovert—is their flexibility. With tendencies in each direction, these “middle ground” folks transition from teamwork to independent tasks and back again as situations dictate.
Opportunities to employ different aspects of their personality keep ambiverts engaged in their job. It seems rather fitting, then, for an ambivert’s work arrangement to offer flexibility, too. Versatile ambiverts frequently view remote work as a godsend because of its greater openness to where, when, and how things get done.
Here’s a look at why remote work is great for ambiverts
Choice of Environment
Introverts are generally quite happy to work alone, while extroverts thrive around other people. Ambiverts do not fall neatly into a niche; their preference varies. A remote job helps accommodate a mix.
“I used to work in an office, in sales. I hated it,” says Phoebe Howlett, now a freelancer to businesses in sales, content, and marketing. “Being remote and in sales as an ambivert helps with my ability to recharge.”
She explains that constant interaction and communication with other people as part of a very extroverted on-site team felt draining despite her love of the profession. In a home office, she doesn’t need to spend time interacting with colleagues, which suits her introverted side.
“When I do talk to clients, I am not tired of talking to people and I’m genuinely excited to talk to them and know more,” Howlett says. “It also means I get to the end of the day and am far less tired than when I used to work in an office.”
Nicole A. Meyerson, an ambivert who is building her own business as a consultant, likes that she can plug away quietly at home in the morning, which is her most productive time of the day. When her social nature “kicks in” in the afternoon, remote work allows socialization as she sees fit.
“To feed my extroverted side, I’ll work from a coffee shop at least a couple times per week. And while many coffee shops are comprised of lots of individual tables that can get lonely, I work from ones that have long, communal tables or bars that present the opportunity to chat with the baristas or with fellow patrons,” Meyerson says.
Blend of Job Responsibilities
While part of Meyerson’s day centers around independent tasks, her job also involves checking in regularly with clients either by phone or face-to-face. The flexibility to indulge in both introverted and extroverted activities contributes to ambiverts finding career satisfaction.
Ambivert Manpreet Kaur, head of corporate communications at Mercer | Mettl, says that his position involves an entire spectrum of responsibilities, some social-heavy and others involving quieter time alone.
“My work offers me the liberty to leverage the best of my nature and characteristic personality—extrovert and introvert—in equal measures,” Kaur says. “I am quite glad and appreciative of the fact that I can switch my work according to the mood I am feeling like and vice versa. On those days when I have to deal with a lot of event managers and PR people, I put my extrovert face forward. At other times, I telecommute to work on industry reports and edit the content pieces for the right messaging and brand narrative—and my introvert nature saves me from loneliness and feeling extremely separated from the world.”
There are numerous reasons why remote work is great for ambiverts. Ready to find the perfect remote job to suit your nature? From hybrid positions involving work both on-site and off to fully home-based roles with a mixture of independent tasks and regular collaboration with a team via video conferencing, FlexJobs offers the variety of employment options ambiverts crave!
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