Remote working can help introverts into the boardroom


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The growing trend of employees working from home may lead to an increase in the number of introverts in top level roles, according to London Business School (LBS) director of learning solutions Adam Kingl.

Kingl was commenting on a LBS survey of more than 600 business leaders, entrepreneurs and academics. One-third (34%) said they believe more than half of their workforce will be working remotely by 2020. A further 25% predicted three-quarters of employees will not be working from a "traditional office" by 2020.

Kingl told HR magazine the trend will bring both "challenges and opportunities" for employers. He cited increased emphasis on ideas, rather than personality, as an area that businesses can profit from.

"When people are working remotely it gives those who are more introverted a chance to get their point across," he said. "When you're in the same room there may be an element of the person with the strongest personality prevailing. This doesn't always lead to the best strategy being adopted."

He added that this approach could also lead to opportunities for more introverted employees to progress to higher positions.

"In the future it's not necessarily going to be the person with the biggest personality who makes CEO, but the person who has the best ideas," he said.

Remote working does also have disadvantages, admits Kingl. Among these is a loss of workplace culture that comes from working in the same place.

"We know that culture is one thing that Gen Y value particularly, so that is clearly a challenge," he said. "Being in the same place does make working easier, but easier doesn't always equal more effective."


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