The Importance of Reflection

In today’s demanding schedules and deadline driven world, we often don’t stop to reflect on where we are at, why we are doing something, and what the task means to us. Reflection is a critical skill that we often tend to overlook. In the world of work, reflection allows employees to pause and critically evaluate what they have learnt via practice. As a result, individuals can better their ongoing practice by utilizing the information and expertise gained via experience. Reflecting critically and sharing the results can be daunting at first, but it will allow employees to put their knowledge to the test and use it effectively. 

According to Kolb’s Learning Cycle, the opportunity to reflect on our experiences is vital to the learning process. By encouraging learners to reflect on the activities they have participated in, they are no longer just focused on the ‘how’ of their task or activity but also exploring why they are doing it. Kolb’s Learning Cycle encourages learners to go through 4 phases:

  1. Concreate Experience – doing or having the experience
  2. Reflective Observation – reflecting on the experience
  3. Abstract conceptualisation – concluding or learning from the experience
  4. Active Experimentation – implementing what you have learnt

Here are 3 reasons as to why reflection is beneficial in corporate learning:

1. It improves the connections between learning experiences

Reflective learning allows employees to take a step back from their learning experience, allowing them to enhance their critical thinking abilities and future performance by analysing what they have learned and how far they have progressed.

It allows the employee to make connections between past learning experiences and how they can better their current role. By reflecting, employees can take note of improvements in their role or specific skills gaines.

2. It encourages innovative thinking

Reflection gives employees a moment to pause and think outside of the box. This allows for critical thinking and even innovative thinking. Innovation can lead to new ways of creative problem solving.

3. It sparks social interaction

Reflection encourages employees to discuss their thoughts. They can interact with one another, argue, and discuss aspects of the course that they liked or disliked, found useful, or felt should be better. Employees are encouraged to provide more helpful feedback while arguing their point of view to their co-workers, thinking about how the learning design might benefit their overall learning. As a result, you profit as an organisation by being able to incorporate the most popular and important viewpoints.

In conclusion, it is therefore considered to be advantageous to the organisation as well as to the employee if reflection is incorporated into the learning process.

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