As humans, we need some form of social interactions (some of us more than others). However, we all do need and thrive on the simple act of connecting to people. Related: 5 Ways To Build Relationships With Colleagues For the majority of us, our social fabric is created through work. We see these people every day. We have work in common. We get to know them in ways the spouse and significant others simply don’t. When we leave these people due to job change, it can be painful. Yet, despite all this social goodness that work can bring, what happens when it doesn’t happen to you? What do you do when you don't have friends at work? No one to save you space at a meeting or light up when you enter a room. It happens, and when it does, there's no lonelier place to be. It can be so impactful that it can cause a person to look for another job.
While I don’t have a scientific study to cite, I can say that, in my last 10+ years as a career coach, I’ve worked with a lot of people who’ve labeled themselves as “introverts” on-the-job. Their stories helped me to identify some common examples that indicate a person is being perceived as an introvert at work.