Is your organization properly equipped with the critical thinking tools it needs in order to retain your top talent? If you haven't intentionally empowered your employees with these specific skills, the answer is no, and you run the risk of losing your most valuable resource to your competitors.
Recently, Forbes published an article entitled, “10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave You”. In this article, Forbes argues that leaders can stop the revolving door of talent by challenging, engaging, valuing, and rewarding their employees. So far, this isn't news; most organizations are aware of the need to invest in talent retention. Why, therefore, do 70% of employees still feel unappreciated and not valued by their employers?
To prevent your top talent from packing up their cubicles, Forbes says you need to actively unleash their passions, challenge their intellect, engage their creativity, develop their skills, give them a voice, care about them, provide leadership, recognize their contributions, increase their responsibility, and keep your commitments.
Providing your employees with critical thinking training does all these things. You provide the leadership your employees need to perform at high levels and convey that you care about their ideas. Their intellect is challenged and their skills are developed through training that targets specific cognitive processes and an organizational culture that implements argument analysis. Through this training, employees learn they are expected to challenge ideas, unpack rhetoric, evaluate analogies, identify common fallacies, and question biases and assumptions. They, then, become critically engaged in projects that you've entrusted to them. Creativity is unleashed as change and innovation are fostered through problem-solving processes that require the consideration of multiple perspectives and a range of alternatives. Employees are given a voice and have increased responsibility, perhaps for the first time in their careers; they are asked to think for themselves and more competently and confidently convey their thoughts, ideas, insights and observations, with strong supporting evidence. Furthermore, when you invest in critical skills training, your staff uncover passion when they are personally invested in their work. They have a sense of ownership and pride, and develop deeper connections in their well-constructed positions, proposals, sales pitches, and strategic plans. This is why Critical Thinking training is immensely import for talent retention.