Labour Market Experts claim that in order to remain globally competitive, employers need to focus on hiring employees with skills that cannot be outsourced, replicated or automated.
When employees exercise Critical Thinking Skills, they can help their employers develop and implement unique solutions to target business objectives and solve problems.
Take a look at some examples of how critical thinking is used to make decisions in the workplace.
Critical Thinking Skills can also help you with your everyday life and with your job search.
Being an effective thinker and making good choices involves the analysis and evaluation of evidence to guide one’s decisions. In fact, any choice that you make actually involves Critical Thinking!1
What is Critical Thinking?
Director of Research and Professional Development at the Center for Critical Thinking and Chair of the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking, Dr. Paul Richardson, offers the following definition:
“Critical Thinking is the Art of Analyzing and Evaluating Thinking with a View to Improving it.”2
Critical Thinking is about thinking better. It takes practice and time to build Critical Thinking Skills – requiring an open mind as well as the ability to analyze, reason, problem solve, evaluate, reflect, collaborate with others, make real world decisions and communicate clearly.3
A Wikihow article offers suggestions for improving your Critical Thinking Skills including questioning assumptions, adjusting your perspective and putting yourself in another person’s shoes.
Read Employment E-News – August 2015 – A Need for Critical Thinking.