When it comes to workplace productivity, most of us think the happy, chatty, extrovert gets the most work done. But the experts say it’s actually the reserved and quiet introvert who’s the most productive. 

Dr. Corinne Bendersky is a professor of organizational behavior at UCLA. And she says that most hiring managers and bosses – including experienced senior managers - are drawn to extroverts. But they’re missing out if they don’t hire or promote the quiet types. 

Psychologists classify introverts as “neurotic” – which is the technical term for socially awkward, introverted behavior. And neurotics tend to be meticulous workers, who don’t mind doing the low-profile work that’s necessary to get the job done. Plus, they have a higher anxiety level than other workers, which means they tend to double and triple-check their work. 

Meanwhile, extroverts tend to make big promises – yet rarely follow through. That’s because promises get them attention, but hunkering down and grinding out the work doesn’t. 

So, the next time you have to team up with a few coworkers, resist the temptation to pick the person who makes everyone laugh and go with the wallflower. They may just turn out to be your team’s MVP.