We probably all agree that using correct grammar and spelling in our written communication is important.

We probably all agree that using correct grammar and spelling in our written communication is important. But, just

how important is it? Take a look at this CEO’s blog post. Class, what are your thoughts on this article?I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why.? ATTACHMENT PREVIEW Download attachmentI Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why.by Kyle Wiens|8:02 AM July 20, 2012If you think an apostrophe was one of the 12 disciples of Jesus, you will never work for me. If you think a semicolon is aregular colon with an identity crisis, I will not hire you. If you scatter commas into a sentence with all the discrimination of ashotgun, you might make it to the foyer before we politely escort you from the building.Some might call my approach to grammar extreme, but I prefer Lynne Truss’s more cuddly phraseology: I am a grammar“stickler.” And (http://grammarmadeclear.blogspot.com/2010/05/can-i-start-sentence-with-and-yet-or.html) , like Truss — authorofEats, Shoots & Leaves(http://www.lynnetruss.com/pages/content/index.asp?PageID=8) — I have a “zero toleranceapproach” to grammar mistakes that make people look stupid.Now, Truss and I disagree on what it means to have “zero tolerance.” She thinks that people who mix up their itses “deserve tobe struck by lightning, hacked up on the spot and buried in an unmarked grave,” while I just think they deserve to be passedover for a job — even if they are otherwise qualified for the position.Everyone who applies for a position at either of my companies, iFixit or Dozuki, takes a mandatory grammar test. Extenuatingcircumstances aside (dyslexia, English language learners, etc.), if job hopefuls can’t distinguish between “to” and “too,” theirapplications go into the bin.Of course, we write for a living. iFixit.com is the world’s largest online repair manual (http://www.ifixit.com/) , and Dozuki helpscompanies write their own technical documentation (http://www.dozuki.com/) , like paperless work instructions(http://www.dozuki.com/Sales/Industry/work-instructions) and step-by-step user manuals (http://www.dozuki.com/Sales/Industry/product-support) . So, it makes sense that we’ve made a preemptive strike against groan-worthy grammar errors.But grammar is relevant for all companies. Yes, language is constantly changing, but that doesn’t make grammar unimportant.Good grammar is credibility, especially on the internet. In blog posts, on Facebook statuses, in e-mails, and on companywebsites, your words are all you have. They are a projection of you in your physical absence. And, for better or worse, peoplejudge you if you can’t tell the difference between their, there, and they’re. (http://www.lamebook.com/tip-top-type-14/ttt1-7/)Good grammar makes good business sense — and not just when it comes to hiring writers. Writing isn’t in the official jobdescription of most people in our office. Still, we give our grammar test to everybody, including our salespeople, our operationsstaff, and our programmers.On the face of it, my zero tolerance approach to grammar errors might seem a little unfair. After all, grammar has nothing to dowith job performance, or creativity, or intelligence, right?Wrong. If it takes someone more than 20 years to notice how to properly use “it’s,” (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/150458.stm) then that’s not a learning curve I’m comfortable with (http://oxforddictionaries.com/words/ending-sentences-with-prepositions) . So, even in this hyper-competitive market, I will pass on a great programmer who cannot write.I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why. – Kyle Wiens …http://blogs.hbr.org/2012/07/i-wont-hire-people-who-use-poo/1 of 28/26/2014 1:08 PM

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