Surprising Reasons Companies Should Invest in Employee Writing Courses

             

These are tough economic times, and companies want to cut, not increase, costs. That means that training programs aren't high on the list of priorities for many right now. But employee writing courses deserve special consideration. While writing is a skill that few people think about, it has surprising effects on your bottom line! 

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  • Employees may spend half their time at work communicating through writing. This may include reading and writing emails , dealing with memos, coordinating over an instant messaging service, or writing reports. Improving the writing process means that more work can get done in a day, but when employees can't communicate well, misunderstandings and requests for clarification lead to repeated or wasted effort.
  • Many supervisors spend too much time proofreading and editing documents  their team writes. That’s a triple-punch to your operating efficiency. It's additional work hours spent preparing documents, it's time your supervisors don't spend supervising, and it increases employee discontent.
  • Most colleges don't focus on writing skills. Although writing and communication skills are incredibly useful for business, most colleges and universities require only basic composition skills. According to a recent study by staffing firm Adecco, 44 percent of recent college graduate applicants have lackluster soft skills, including communication, critical thinking, and creativity. Employee writing courses are a way to fill in that missing skill set.
  • Even when employees can produce polished finished drafts, they might not know the best way to go about it. In fact, surveys suggest that almost three-quarters of writers think they could make better use of their writing time. Streamlining the writing process by knowing how to brainstorm, organize, draft, and revise equates to greater efficiency and more time to focus on other tasks.

Skilled employee writing doesn't only support your public image; it also improves your internal operations, and that can have a measurable effect on your bottom line. If you're interested in setting up employee writing courses for your organization, contact us today at Hurley Write, Inc .

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