Before we get into discussing introverts and social events in the workplace, I wanted to say that I am blessed to be here, safe, and healthy. I wish the same for my readers. 2020 was a hell of a year, and while things have improved somewhat, the pandemic is still a very real thing that we’re still juggling. Not everyone took up yoga, learned a new language or baked new recipes since the pandemic started, and that’s okay.
My last post here was literally right before the pandemic kicked in full swing and all of NY went on lockdown. My social media presence and writing pretty much stopped as a result. It was what I needed at the time, and I encourage everyone to also take time to do what’s best for you and yours. This pandemic is still not over regardless of all the “back to normalcy” things happening, and so it’s okay to focus on self care. 🌻 This post is also my way of practicing self care.
Now that I’m finally here to write though, I thought there was no better way to start than with a mental health post. I want to talk about introverts and social events in the workplace. It’s a topic that is near and dear to my heart. This perspective still feels taboo to share because it doesn’t currently fit the mold of most workplaces in a positive light. However, workplaces have shifted, and are becoming more flexible as well as open-minded. It seemed like the right time to bring up the topic.
(Note: This is a very long post. It’s over a decade’s worth of feelings that are finally out in the world, hence the mini-novel. But I understand if you want to skip straight to the point. You can read my bulleted summary under “How Can WorkPlaces Improve Social Events for Introverts?“)