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Soft Skills Alert: A Focus on Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is, well, critical to your everyday life. We need to make considered decisions each day and deal with the consequences.

But, how can critical thinking help in the workplace? How would you develop critical thinking? What is critical thinking?

Let’s start with the basics.

What is Critical Thinking and How Does it Develop?

Before you can explore the benefits of critical thinking, you’re going to need to know what it is.

Put simply, critical thinking is looking at all the available facts and/or evidence on any given topic and forming an opinion or judgment from there.

Critical thinking can be developed in a bunch of different ways. For example, you could try asking simple questions, being aware of the way you think, and just using your own brain sometimes instead of relying on what other people have said.

Now let’s see how critical thinking can benefit you in the workplace.

How Does Critical Thinking Benefit Me in the Workplace?

This list is by no means exhaustive but is a great opener to a whole new way of seeing the world.

It improves the quality of your work

We already know that critical thinking helps you analyze facts to come to a valid conclusion, and that is exactly how it improves the quality of your work. If you are constantly double-checking everything you do, making sure all your sources are reliable and accurately solve problems then of course the quality of your work will improve.

It helps you to remain detached

Although being detached from the situation might not seem like a solution, in some cases, it could help tremendously. By remaining detached, critical thinking can help you see the bigger picture so that you don’t rush and make mistakes.

Remaining detached can also aid you in dealing with people who become frustrated or emotional. Critical thinking can help you keep a clear head and resolve the issue without further trouble.

It encourages open-mindedness

Whilst this doesn’t immediately stand out as something that is truly needed in the workplace, it’s actually really helpful. Using critical thinking to be more open-minded can help you look at things, such as advice on how to do something differently or in a new light. Instead of getting upset or defensive about something, use critical thinking to see other people’s opinions and use that to expand your own knowledge.

Critical thinking is something that can be harnessed into a very valuable tool when harnessed. When done right, critical thinking removes the emotion and replaces it with hard facts. It will also make your working experience easier, more predictable, and surprisingly calm.

What’s not to love?