Monday, September 05, 2005

Writing and the Workplace

In the three articles: Nations Business, Back to Basics to Improve Skills and Employers want better writing, the deficiency of quality writing skills amongst workers is emphasized overall.
Each article focuses on education as a primary factor, either as the cause of the poor writing and/or a possible solution to the same. Two of the three advocate entrance testing to avoid future problems, and Mr. Bagin of Nation's Business goes so far as to suggest periodic testing to "keep employees' writing in line". However, the third, Employers want better writing, only mentions the survey that spawned the article, so conjecture along those lines is fairly speculatory.
My first impressions as I get done reading these articles are of an impersonal business meeting. The big suits are huddled about chewing big cigars patting big shoulder pads proclaiming how thier's are to be the best of the best, and oddly enough they seemed to have the right idea of education instead of fire and replace. An order of cause and effect filters through as problem, cause, solution in a very pragmatic style. First, the problem is identified as poor writing. The importance of this is expounded upon by Mr. Bagin when he says "... an employee who is a poor writer could embarrass you and your organization". Various causes are pointed to; technology, immigration, poor schools and lax hiring standards. The emphasis here is not so great as it is on the solution of continued education. Even in Employers, "Schools try to teach how to write" is written, implying a failure to do so. Taking this a step further, if writing is taught properly, than the problem would not exist, meaning education is a solution.


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