Poll: Business People Gotta Write More Betterer

By:
Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Sep 8, 2016
Confused Woman

An poll of 547 business people in the first quarter of the year has found that about 25 hours a week is spent reading material from other business people, mostly emails, and 81 percent say that a lot of time is wasted because it's just not written well, according to the Harvard Business Review. Some of the problems include writing that's too long, poorly organized, filled with jargon, lacking in precision, and unclear. One problem is, basically, tone at the top. HBR said that entry-level employees receive very little training in how to write well and, in fact, see their own superiors producing copious amounts of bad writing on their own, and so see little need to actually improve.

This is to the detriment of the entire organization. HBR notes that bad writing undermines leadership, makes the company look less trustworthy to both customers and workers, can cause confusion as to who is responsible for what, and saps productivity. So maybe read that email over a few times, perhaps out loud to yourself, and make sure it's clear before you hit that "send" button. 

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