How important is good writing within the workplace?
Well, a few years ago, there was a survey conducted that made a strong statement about the top thing employers were looking for within a candidate. It wasn’t an ivy league school degree or analytical skills or the ability to work with a team. Instead, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 73.4% of employers want a candidate with strong written communication skills.
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As mentioned, that was years ago, before the pandemic, when a job seeker’s ability to showcase their writing became even more important. Grammarly’s Erica Galos Alioto highlighted in our Q&A with her, “With remote collaboration becoming standard, hiring managers want to be confident that a potential candidate is a skilled asynchronous communicator and understands how to convey tone, explain ideas efficiently, and collaborate effectively in writing.”
Here are some other reasons why good writing is important within the workplace.
It automatically increases your credibility
Think about the last time you read a typo in an email. It probably wasn’t too long ago, was it? Regardless of the industry you’re in, if you can write well—not only just without typos, but clearly and concisely, you will most likely stand out amongst your coworkers as a credible person.
“Grammar signifies more than just a person’s ability to remember high school English. I’ve found that people who make fewer mistakes on a grammar test also make fewer mistakes when they are doing something completely unrelated to writing — like stocking shelves or labeling parts,” shares Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit.
It shows you care
We live in a digital world where many people are constantly multi-tasking. While this may inhibit some from taking the time to pay attention to their writing in their day-to-day work life, the truth is that good writing demonstrates the time, thought, and attention that you put into your work. It shows you care enough about what you’re communicating—and even the person you’re communicating with—to write concisely and without errors.
It allows you to promote yourself and your career
Writing clearly shows you care and positions you as someone who is good at communicating inside—and outside—the office. Writing skills can transcend the workplace, and if you’re a good writer on outlets like LinkedIn, your influence has the opportunity to grow and flourish.
It will help boost your confidence
When you’re able to articulate your thoughts in a clear manner and others take note, it will most likely boost your confidence. It also has a chance of inspiring you to write more often as your in it excels.
Looking to make your writing stand out? Here are some tips for you.