Think like a Scientist!

At the Future Work Centre we use a scientific approach to explore the world of work and help organisations and individuals make better, more evidence-based decisions.  This means combining a scientific mind-set and a questioning outlook with several other ‘ingredients’ to improve decision-making and challenge misleading claims or organisational myths. We weigh up the available evidence and apply it in the context we work in. We challenge simple answers to complex problems and consider the risk of unintended consequences when we take action.

Put simply it means finding out what works, in what way and for whom. And we think everyone could benefit from thinking like a scientist more often, especially when faced with difficult decisions.

In this paper we take a more in depth look at evidence-based practice, what it means and how it can be practically applied in organisations to help make better decisions and investments about people at work.