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SKILLS / JAN. 13, 2016
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The Importance of Good Writing Skills in The Workplace

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Writing skills are crucial in every profession. In the medical field, for instance, doctors are required to write reports for patients, technicians, and software developers write instructional manuals for the users. Nearly everybody in all fields writes emails and other forms of communication to fellow workers and the managers. Good writing skills are, therefore, valued in the workplace, and people who are good writers appear to be more capable, intelligent, responsible, and credible unlike people in the same office that send emails full of typos, poorly constructed sentences and grammatical errors. Many working class people ignore the importance of good writing skills, yet it is a critical productivity skill. Good writing skills not only ease communication in the workplace but also positively affect careers. Here are some of the reasons why writing skills are important to our careers.

Professionalism

Good writing skills are paramount especially when the job at hand involves a lot of writing. For example, in the case of journalists, reporters, and people in the public relations department.

When someone is employed to write, having excellent writing skills is a requirement for the job. But, today, more professions require good writing skills than ever before. In order for an employee to make any sense and be understood in his emails or reports, then he/she must know how to write in a manner that is well understood and with his thoughts clearly organised.

Communication

In every workplace, workers are always writing notes, emails, memos, letters, and reports. All of these require good writing skills so that people are able to communicate their ideas effectively. Good writing skills allow you to communicate a message with clarity and ease and can reach a larger audience compared with face-to-face communication. Poor writing skills, on the other hand, especially where communication with management is concerned, can be a red flag that an employee is not good enough for management positions and as such can be a hindrance to promotion. Further, people with poor writing skills appear to have a lower level of intelligence.

Credibility

Employees with excellent writing skills are generally viewed as being a hot commodity. Companies around the world are using hefty amounts of money to train their employees and improve their writing skills. Imagine a situation where you as an employee download an essay or try to interpret a message from a colleague but the email or report is full of typos and grammatical errors. It would not only waste a lot of time, but also fail to effectively communicate the message. This means that the sender was ignorant and did not bother to proofread his work. So it is clear that writing skills are essential for any employee who wants to succeed in their career.

Considerations

Good writing skills open doors for many junior employees to be considered for senior positions. However, as important as these skills are, it is also important to know when and when not to correct another person. Correcting the wrong person can get you in trouble at work or even fired. Not everybody likes to be corrected, and not all mistakes are significant enough to warrant correction.

How important do you think good writing skills are in the modern workplace? Your thoughts and comments below please.

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