The website Grammarly, touted as “The World’s Best Grammar Checker,” recently conducted a small study to see if they could find a correlation between proper grammar and professional advancement. The results were interesting.
According to Grammarly, they reviewed 100 LinkedIn profiles of native English-speakers in the consumer packaged goods industry. Each professional had worked for no more than three employers over the first 10 years of his or her career. Half were promoted to director level or above within those 10 years, and the other half were not.
Among the findings, they discovered that professionals with fewer grammar errors in their profiles achieved higher positions and that fewer errors correlated with more promotions. The study was obviously conducted with a small sample size, but the results do show some interesting trends and strongly support the hypothesis that proper grammar is extremely important in the workplace.
Some other things to consider before publishing your LinkedIn profile or hitting send on that email.
- Proper grammar shows attention to detail.
- Using the right sentence structure demonstrates critical thinking.
- Poor grammar will leave management wondering if you represent the company well.
- If you don’t know grammar basics, others will wonder what else you don’t know.