That's because, according to a new survey, half of all employers said they were increasing efforts to improve grammar skills in the workplace. In most cases, that means they won't even hire you if you misuse words in your résumé or the job interview. And at some companies, the boss may charge fines for every grammatical error you make in work emails and memos.
Why the grammar crackdown? Because in the business world, bad spelling and grammar make companies look dumb in the eyes of clients. It's kind of like abiding by a dress code; you do it to look professional. And just like we're judged by the way we present ourselves physically, we're also judged by the words we use, and people who use sloppy language make a bad impression and cause communication errors. Face it, if a company has a pamphlet, menu or sign with a mistake on it, these days it can go viral, and the whole world will know they're employing people who can't speak or write properly.
As you might expect, experts blame our grammar problems on things like texting and Twitter. Because online, it's common for people to use slang and shortcuts and be more informal. Plus if you talk to someone in their 20s and 30s, they may view someone who gets their idea across in 140 characters or less as a better communicator than someone who rambles on using perfect grammar.
However, the majority of bosses prefer people who use proper spelling and grammar. And some insist on it. Some companies now ask workers, even in shipping or the stockroom, to pass a spelling and grammar test before they're hired. Need help brushing up on your grammar skills? There's a new blog for people who struggle with grammar, called Grammarphobia.com