HSPs in the workplace, Part 2: Maintaining a work environment that suits your needs

If you had the choice to work in a modern downtown Toronto office with open-concept working stations, computer screens everywhere you look, and the constant buzz of elevator bells and clicking heels…

OR

A quiet backyard terrace with flowers in bloom and birds chirping, and a lot of time to work quietly on projects without any interruptions…

What would you choose?

There may not be a black and white answer for HSPs. As I’ve mentioned in past posts, 30% of HSPs are actually extroverts, so the first office setting may sound exciting to them.

But, after three days in a row of constant stimulation with no relief, any HSP (introvert or extrovert) would find themselves feeling exhausted and overwhelmed.

Ok, pause and dream with me for a minute here…

What if you could have a job set up perfectly to suit your own individual HSP needs?!

I am an HSP with both introverted and extroverted qualities i.e.: alone, quiet time definitely recharges me, but after so much of this down time, I seek high-energy and engaging social situations.

My perfect balance at work would be two days of the Toronto office setting, and three days of the garden terrace office setting per week.

What would your perfect balance be?

Some of us have been lucky enough to have a career that reflects the balance we need, while others have had to buckle down and make money no matter what the environment. Well, there is still time, and it is never to late to make a change!

This week I encourage you to think about your work setting in a way that you maybe haven’t before….is there anything you could change to make it more suitable to your HSP needs?

Is there clutter around your workspace? Are you by a window? Do you have a place you can focus quietly? Are there any constant sounds that are bothering you?

HSPs pick up on subtitles in their environment, and whether or not they are aware of it, they can be tremendously affected by them both positively and negatively.

There may even be the smallest change or request you can make so you feel calmer and more focused at work, and therefore less overwhelmed by the end of the day!

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In the second half of this post, I’d like to share some of the types of jobs and work situations that are well-suited for HSPs, and other situations we may want to avoid.

Chances are that if you have been aware of your high sensitivity for quite some time, you may have already chosen a career that suits your needs and talents!

For those of you who find that maybe there is another job or career choice that could suit your needs better, there are always ways to modify your current situation, and it doesn’t mean outright quitting your job. 🙂

Career paths that are well-suited for HSPs provided they take place in a positive, healthy and conducive work environment:

  • Entrepreneurial: Self-owned business or practice (working from home and/or on your own hours can be a dream for an HSP)
  • Health-related careers: Medical Records Technician, Alternative Medicine/Holistic Medicine Practitioner, Naturopath, Pharmacist, Massage Therapist, Ergonomic Consultant, Speech Pathologist
  • Care-taking careers: Nurse, Childcare, Elderly care, Teacher
  • Animal-related careers:Veterinarian, Dog Sitter/Walker, Zoologist, Dog Trainer, Groomer
  • Nature-related careers: Biologist, Ecologist, Botanist
  • Technology careers: Graphic Designer, Social Media Manager, Programmer, Software Developer, Healthcare Systems Analyst
  • Artistic careers: Artist, Actor, Musician, Music/Art Tutor, Interior designer, Fashion Designer
  • Writing-related careers: Writer, Technical Writer, Editor, Proofreader, Blogger
  • Financial careers: Accountant, Financial Analyst, Controller, Purchaser, Market Researcher
  • Trades: Carpenter, Electrician, Plumber, Gardener, Construction
  • Career/Life Coach
  • Psychologist/Counselor
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Non-profit/charity work
  • Criminologist
  • Travel agent (especially for extroverted HSPs)
  • Court Reporter
  • Researcher
  • Farmer
  • Antiques Appraiser
  • Librarian/Archivist
  • Housekeeper
  • Janitor
  • Mailman/Mailwoman
  • Truck Driver
  • Clergy member

Career paths that HSPs may want to avoid:

  • Primarily sales-focused careers
  • Jobs that include a lot of confrontation
  • Job that requires dealing with people non-stop
  • Strictly measured / timed / controlled positions
  • Roles that require us to be cutthroat or competitive
  • Jobs that take place in a loud, hectic environment
  • Roles that are comprised of ongoing, monotonous work, rather than discernible projects
  • Jobs that are only about making money (and don’t reflect your principles and interests)
  • Jobs that require you to work a lot of overtime
  • Jobs that don’t support a cause or purpose that is meaningful to you

I hope some of these points have helped! It makes sense that HSPs would excel in career paths that require passion, analytical thinking, empathy and communication because of how we are wired.

That being said, no matter what career we are in, HSPs need more alone and downtime than non-HSPs. I suggest finding time daily to relax and re-charge so your over stimulation doesn’t pile up and explode. Refer to my post “Self-care and refueling for the HSP” for some tips on managing this. 🙂

Are there any careers that you think I have missed on these lists? If so, let me know by commenting or sending me a private message.

Have a great week everyone.

XO your fellow HSP, Chelsie

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One thought on “HSPs in the workplace, Part 2: Maintaining a work environment that suits your needs

  1. Great read! I see my trade is in the well-suited for HSP column! Alot of trades like paternmakers or mechanical could suit HSP’s as well 🙂

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