I love writing, and I love all the “rules” that come with it. And though I get that copyediting my tweets and Facebook posts before I share them with the world is a bit much for most people, I think there are a few writing rules we should all follow—especially at work.
Many of us break them daily, often without realizing it. Though perfect prose may not be of utmost importance in every office or industry, there’s probably someone—a colleague, a client, or your boss—who is noticing your writing and, even worse, judging your professionalism by it.
So before you draft another email, take note of the most common workplace writing mistakes, and follow this guide to avoid them.
1. Writing too casually
Example: Thx for ur feedback, Joe! Will f/u tomorrow.
I’m lucky enough to work in a pretty casual environment—one where we wear flip-flops and mass-email ridiculously Photoshopped snapshots of one another’s faces.