Regardless of what you do, writing is important. Writing is the official record of what you do. How well you write can boost your business or it can hurt your business.Now I’m not saying that you should put your business or career on hold and enroll in the Iowa Writers Workshop. However, writing in the workplace is a “threshold skill” and you don’t need to compete for a Pulitzer to get over that threshold.
How important are writing skills to business success? The summary findings of a recent survey conducted by the National Commission on Writing for America’s Families, Schools and Colleges described writing skills as:
“A ticket to work or a ticket out”
Digging into the survey results only bolsters the argument for adding some spit and polish to your writing skills. Among the findings:
* More than 65 percent of salaried U.S. corporate employees have some writing responsibilities as part of their job
* Between 20 and 33 percent of hourly employees have writing responsibilities
* People who cannot write clearly are unlikely to be hired and employees who write poorly are unlikely to remain employed or be considered for promotions
* Email use has increased the amount of writing required of most U.S. workers and ensures that employee writing is archived for future reference
* Accuracy in writing is the most valued component of writing followed by clarity, and then grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
The cost of training yourself or your employees to improve writing skill varies widely by company and industry. However, simply recognizing its importance and taking an additional moment to think before typing or putting pen to paper will yield immediate results.