In celebration of National Grammar Day, the Harvard Business Review has posted an article outlining how “good grammar is instrumental in conveying ideas with clarity, professionalism, and precision.” It may seem obvious, but a small study of LinkedIn profiles conducted by Grammarly offers new data in support of proper grammar usage:
Professionals with fewer grammar errors in their LinkedIn profiles achieved higher positions. Those who failed to progress to a director-level position within the first 10 years of their careers made 2.5 times as many grammar mistakes as their director-level colleagues.
Fewer grammar errors correlate with more promotions. Professionals with one to four promotions over their 10-year careers made 45% more grammar errors than those with six to nine promotions in the same time frame.
Fewer grammar errors associate with frequent job changes. Those who remained at the same company for more than 10 years made 20% more grammar mistakes than those who held six jobs in the same period. This could be explained in a couple of ways: People with better grammar may be more ambitious in their search for promising career opportunities, or job-hoppers may simply recheck their résumés between jobs.
In honor of today’s holiday, why not challenge your attorneys to review their LinkedIn pages?
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