Good writing skills = ROI

Report: State employees’ lack of writing skills cost nearly $250M
The Associated Press
States spend nearly a quarter of a billion dollars a year on remedial writing instruction for their employees, according to a new report that says the indirect costs of sloppy writing probably hurt taxpayers even more.

The National Commission on Writing, in a report to be released Tuesday, says that good writing skills are at least as important in the public sector as in private industry. Poor writing not only befuddles citizens but also slows down the government as bureaucrats struggle with unclear instructions or have to redo poorly written work.

“It’s impossible to calculate the ultimate cost of lost productivity because people have to read things two and three times,” said Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, vice chairman of the National Governors Association, which conducted the survey for the commission. (Story.)

And trust me, it’s getting worse, not better. I’m waiting with some interest for the results of the new SAT writing component. Ain’t gonna be pretty.

[THX: Carole McNall at the Media Law Desk.]


2 thoughts on “Good writing skills = ROI

  1. writing experts
    I make my living directing writing programs, etc. I am a trained expert in the field. And many times people won’t listen to what I tell them. This will not get better until people who are not writing experts are willing to listen to people who are writing experts.
    Sometimes what the doctor tells you will actually help you start getting well.

  2. Re: writing experts
    Why would they listen to you? They’ve been told that they’re right about everything their whole lives. Self-esteem, you know….

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