Being shy can be a handicap, especially in the workplace where colleagues tend to pair up easily. If you are not the type to approach people and be open, you might quickly find yourself eating lunch alone while others giggle and talk about how fun their week-end was. Work can be a fun experience when the environment is pleasant, and getting along with your coworkers is definitely something that will help you reach that goal. However, it is always easier said than done. As an introvert, it can be very hard to come out of your little bubble and reach out to people. These simple things will make it easier.
GET TO KNOW YOUR COLLEAGUES BETTER
Take the time to observe so that you know each of your colleagues’ roles and responsibilities. Do not be so focused on your own little self that you never take the time to learn more about the ones around you. Ask questions about their tasks. This will, not only help you immerse yourself into the company culture and way of doing things, but it will also give you the opportunity to break the ice and start a conversation with your colleagues.
OPEN UP TO PEOPLE
Share a little bit about yourself. Do not simply expect people to come to you and know you. It is up to you to make a little effort to share more. This does not mean that you should force yourself to approach people you do not feel naturally attracted to. However, it means that you should find occasions to help them know you more. For example, at lunch break, if your coworkers are talking about something you are passionate about, it could be a great opportunity to start bonding over this topic.
Get involved in your office’s activities. If they are planning a party for a coworker, get involved in the planning process. Go out to the supermarket with them to buy some food or order the cake. Get involved into meeting planning. It does not really matter what the activity is. The point is to make sure you can somehow participate in the day to day activities of the company.
DO THINGS OUTSIDE OF THE OFFICE
I am not asking you to go to every possible happy hour but it is good to go out with your coworkers once in a while. It is a great way to bond and get to know them better. You might be surprised to realize that some people are every different outside of the office. They will be more relaxed and more themselves, which will help them communicate and bond better.
Above all, remember that it is not about forcing yourself to magically become an extrovert. You can be an introvert and STILL be very comfortable and involved inside your company! It is all about being comfortable in your own skin and finding easy ways to express yourself better.