The thing is, most companies judge their people by how well they handle their specific jobs. While clear writing would help managers communicate, writing doesn’t usually come up in a performance review. That means anyone writing long and confusing memos has no incentive to stop it. And who has time to take a course or read a book to improve?
Rather than courses or books, I expect this group would prefer a short tipsheet once in a while. If there’s already a regular weekly or monthly roundup of tips for managers, that’s a perfect spot to include a short section with writing tips.
One of the things I would start with is encouraging plain language.That means:
Writing that is clear, concise, well-organized, and follows other best practices appropriate to the subject or field and intended audience.
The latest issue of my newsletter, Wordnerdery, has more than a dozen tips to use plain writing principles for reports, emails and other writing. What do you think; will they help?
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