The American Management Association just released their 2012 Critical Skills Survey which surveyed over 700 managers and executives regarding the importance of the 4 C’s (Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity) in the workplace.
The results were clear. Not only are the 4 C’s increasingly important, but the respondents said they are assessing candidates for these skills during the selection process and evaluating their employees progress with regard to these skills in performance appraisals.
- Over 70% of managers reported that Critical Thinking skills have been identified as key priorities in employee development and succession planning for the next 3 years.
- 68% of managers reported that their employees’ critical thinking skills are measured on annual performance reviews.
- 69% of organizations surveyed assess candidates’ critical thinking skills during the selection/hiring process.
- 70% of respondents said that as the economy improves, critical thinking will be the most important skill to helping the organization grow.
“The AMA 2012 Critical Skills Survey shows that managers and executives believe it is easier to develop these skills in students and recent graduates (59.1%) than it is to develop them in experienced workers (27.1%), suggesting that students and recent graduates may be more open to new ideas, versus experienced workers with established work patterns and habits.”