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Critical thinking

Learn the principles of critical thinking in HR so you can interpret large amounts of information, evaluate without bias and make reasoned business decisions.

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Perfect for:

Decision makers
People Managers

You'll learn how to:

  • explain what critical thinking is and how it supports effective work
  • identify and overcome barriers to critical thinking
  • use strategies for critical thinking.

About this course

Course length: 60-90 minutes

Delivery: Online, self-directed

Suitable for: Professionals of all abilities who want to develop their decision-making ability.

This course is included as part of the Core Learning Subscription.

What you can expect from this ‘critical thinking’ course

This short course focuses on critical thinking in HR. You’ll explore how to sort fact from fiction and how to use critical thinking to solve problems, research, and work effectively. You’ll focus on the principles of critical thinking in HR and learn about ethical approaches and evidence-based practice to understand more about bias and how this influences thinking.​​

What you'll need to do on this course

This bite-sized training consists of written, video and interactive content. You can work through the content at your own pace. At the end, you can test your understanding with a brief knowledge check. This is not a formal assessment; you can repeat it several times to help reinforce your learning.​ ​​

What you'll get on this course

Taking part in this course gives you access to the CIPD Learning Hub for 12 months. Here, you can access your course content together with other valuable resources and tools. When you finish your course, you can enjoy an additional 12 months of access to other resources on the Learning Hub.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you'll be able to:​

  • use the principles of critical thinking in HR to make sound decisions and communicate effectively
  • recognise the biases and assumptions that can limit your ability to think critically
  • reach the best decision in any situation and communicate it clearly and persuasively to others.

Team bookings

Interested in booking this course for your team? We offer group bookings solutions for teams of four or more people.

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