Think Critically at Work

5 Min

Critical thinking means pushing your brain to reach an informed stance on a problem, solution, or topic. Maybe you're not reviewing films, but looking at your work critically is a part of everyone's job.

According to an analysis by career site Indeed.com, mentions of critical thinking in job postings have doubled since 2009.

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Critical thinking can help you at work.

Here's how practicing critical thinking

helps you at work:

1. You become a problem solver

Critical thinking helps you analyze tasks and initiatives at work with objectivity. For instance, if you've inferred the cause of a problem, you collect data before jumping to make a solution you assume should work. Problem solvers are an asset to any team.

2. You express your viewpoint with conviction

By asking relevant questions and evaluating multiple perspectives on an issue, you improve your understanding of the work you do and your ability to talk about what you know. You make your voice heard at work.

3. You take an active role in your job

Instead of taking things at face value, thinking critically helps you engage with your work and unmask any areas that don’t logically help the organization. For instance, if you think critically about a process that "we've always done," you might uncover that it's inefficient and replace it with something better.

Let's practice.

Orlando feels like he’s a logical guy when it comes to his work but since he’s in an entry-level position, he thinks he should leave the critical thinking to the more experienced employees.

What’s one reason Orlando should think critically about his job?

Quiz 1 of 1

What’s one reason Orlando should think critically about his job?

a
Thinking critically can help him expand his resume.
b
Thinking critically can help him decide if this is the role he wants to be in.
c
Thinking critically can help him build the courage to ask for a raise.
d
Thinking critically can help him contribute ideas to help his company succeed.

The answer is D.

Orlando shouldn't wait to add value to his team or organization. He should become an asset now by practicing critical thinking at his job.

Consider this:

How can thinking more critically help you in your job? Would you become a greater asset, express yourself with more confidence, or get more engaged in your work?

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