The spread of coronavirus is leaving a wide swath of economic damage in its wake. In the shutdown phase alone, up to 53 million US jobs were vulnerable—a term used to encompass permanent layoffs, temporary furloughs, or reductions in hours and pay. While leisure and hospitality accounted for most of the earliest layoffs and furloughs, the share from industries such as retail trade, manufacturing, nonessential healthcare, and professional services has been growing. It is estimated that up to 57 million US jobs are now vulnerable, including more and more white-collar positions.
When working from home, you will inevitably encounter work-related issues that you’ll have to solve on your own. Critical thinking skills are crucial for thinking on the job, whether it’s solving work-related issues yourself or determining the best direction for a work project. Remote workers are more independent by nature, so thinking for yourself is necessary to take your work to the next level.
Here are some critical thinking skills:
- Keep the goal in mind
- Know your biases and try to look past them
- Ask questions and gather information
- Evaluate the facts of the situation and all available data
- Collaborate and get feedback from others—especially people with different backgrounds to your own
- Generate possible solutions, particularly out-of-the-box ideas
- Consider the short- and long-term consequences of implementing each solution