If you\u2019re a Pos Laju guy searching for me in my workspace, the receptionist will point you to the corner of the office. That\u2019s me, right there - sitting in a corner where it\u2019s quiet and peaceful. A location isolated from disruptions and chatters. It\u2019s the best feng shui an introvert could ever ask for. Extroverts like to be boxed by people. They\u2019re always chatting away at the water cooler, or hopping from one desk to another. Introverts like me? Well, we prefer to be boxed by walls. Better yet, cubicle desk with really high walls, so we can hide from the marketing team when they need volunteers for a Mother\u2019s Day Roadshow. Introverts have our own discreet ways of navigating the noise, and it\u2019s challenging to find calmness amid the chaos in our workspace. If you have an introverted colleague who you\u2019d like to know better, here are some interesting facts about us. 1. We live for our earphones If there\u2019s ever a loud drilling, a raging fire or a crocodile chomping down the photocopy machine, we won\u2019t notice it because our earphones are on. With it, we create a cosy bubble to escape the daily chatters and stresses. When we slip on our Bose headphones, our concentration magnifies and slaying our tasks becomes effortless. It also helps us appear calm and collective while being productive in front of the bosses. Music keeps me going any time of day. When I\u2019m motivated to work, indie pop is good. When I\u2019m chasing a deadline, alternative rock is great. When I\u2019m having a rough day at work, I\u2019ll count on Kendrick Lamar to curse at my reports and paperwork. While this may sound a little anti-social, do know that when we have our earphones off, you\u2019ll have our undivided attention. Work remains a top priority in our books. We just need our quiet moment when we\u2019re focused on our task, that\u2019s all. So guys, feel free to tap our shoulder if you have work to discuss, or tell us that our Zalora parcel is waiting. 2. We do party, when there\u2019s a familiar face Parties, social gatherings, and invitation cards make introverts shake in their boots. While I have introverted friends who love to let their hair down, the rest of us generally don\u2019t warm up to the idea of parties. When we do, we prefer small and intimate gatherings. How about office parties? Well, that depends on who will be attending. A few years ago, there was an office dinner party that everyone was required to attend. I didn\u2019t know a lot of people at the time. Plus, socialising isn\u2019t my strongest suit. Naturally, my initial plan was to fake an excuse and get myself out of the RSVP list, but my close colleague convinced me otherwise. \u201cIf you go, I go,\u201d said my introverted colleague, Judy. \u201cI hate office parties too, but the boss wants everyone to be there.\u201d After going back and forth about it, I showed up and surprisingly had a good time. Although I mingled within my circle of close friends, we laughed and danced to our hearts\u2019 content. I had so much fun that I joined my colleagues to the nearby bar for post-dinner drinks. Of course, I didn\u2019t raise my hand when they asked for volunteers to sing on stage or participate in a game. One party won\u2019t change an introvert overnight. When it comes to social gatherings, our companions matter. It\u2019s easier for introverts to let their hair down when we\u2019re in good company. All we need is a friend or two to say \u201cLet\u2019s go!\u201d and we\u2019re on board. 3. We enjoy desk lunches Even without distractions, there are days when our work gets the best of us. One of our many ways of coping with stress is having desk lunches. When everyone is out and the office is quiet, I\u2019d spend my lunch hour zoning out for a while. For desk lunch days, I only need three things: Youtube, headphones, and chicken rice. Then, I\u2019ll set aside my work for an uninterrupted hour of videos. I normally wolf\u00a0down my lunch with The School of Life, Great Big Story and Jimmy Fallon on loop. Other times, I watch Song of Style telling me what\u2019s in her bag (spoiler: a lot of lip balms). Sometimes, the desk lunch situation persists for days. It doesn\u2019t mean we hate you. We just have a lot going on in our Gmail. Some are ad-hoc projects, some are bosses\u2019 complaints - it\u2019s overwhelming, especially when we tend to bottle up our feelings a lot. So, don\u2019t be offended if we turn down your lunch invite(s). We just need some downtime to untangle the mess in our heads. Once we\u2019re on top of our work and our chirpy self returns, we promise \u2013 we will hit the mamak for Maggi goreng with you like good old times. 4. We think before we speak Have you ever caught us staring and nodding while you explain a new project? We may seem disinterested, but don\u2019t worry, we were genuinely listening. Generally, introverts are deep thinkers and great listeners. We listen before contributing our opinion. My former boss once pointed out that I look dazed in meetings. I wasn\u2019t sure if I have RCF (resting confused face), but I was listening attentively. Fearing that my dazed expression will appear in my performance review, I brought along my notebook and pen to all meetings that followed. Even though I had nothing to jot down, I pretended to scribble something anyway. "What do you suggest?" and "What are your thoughts on this idea\/matter?" are the two questions that I'm often being shot with. I honestly think that's a nice way for a boss to get their introverted employees to share a few words. We might not be the most eloquent speakers, but having a chance to be heard during meetings means a lot to us. I understand it's easier to be heard by simply raising our hands, but it's challenging to speak up when others are dominating the discussion. We value their ideas and opinions. We speak when needed or asked. We respect everyone's opportunity to speak their mind. If you're open to hearing what we have to say, shift the spotlight on the introverts for a while. Behind our deep thinking and analytical minds, we always have something valuable to add. 5. We work independently We\u2019re the behind-the-scenes people who gather ideas, work hard, and produce results. Give us a chatter-free workspace and we\u2019re ready to roll up our sleeves to work. We thrive better when given a solo task to energise our personal creativity and independence. You won\u2019t see us running around frantically or throwing paperwork in the air. We\u2019re resilient on a stressful day, and the calm in the eye of the storm. Hand us a project and we\u2019ll prepare the slides. Assign us a report, and we\u2019ll crunch the numbers. Give us a new product, and we\u2019ll present three names better than Chicago West. Working with a group of writers is one of my favourite experiences. One time, we were slammed with a last-minute task that needed to be done within three hours. Our leader distributed the tasks among us, and we typed frantically to get all content uploaded on time, or risked having to do overtime. We had our earphones on and concentration locked to our computers like true introverts. Two hours later, we completed our tasks ahead of time and went to the convenience store to gloat over ice creams. Magic happens you have an introverted colleague on your team. Behind our reserved demeanour, we\u2019re a force to be reckoned with. We may not be the best party-goers or reliable lunch buddies, but our work ethics, listening skills, and analytical minds speak volumes. Our social shyness is just the tip of the iceberg.