Businesses suffer 'spelling mishaps'

09-01-2008

Businesses suffer 'spelling mishaps'
Many people in the workplace send emails that contain grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors, a new survey has found.

A study by WhiteSmoke has revealed that as much as 60 per cent of business correspondence contains such mistakes, despite spelling and grammar checkers being available on computers.

The most common mistake is missing words, with 32 per cent of the 5,000 pages of business correspondence studied failing to make grammatical sense.

Punctuation slip ups are the next most common, followed by agreement between sentence elements.

Vice president of marketing and sales at WhiteSmoke Amit Greener remarked that it is important for business correspondence to be grammatically correct.

"As part of raising the writing standards in organisations, every email or memo sent by a staff member should be proofed beforehand," he said.

"Correct language shows customers and colleagues that you value them."

In other news today, John De Groot, the director of StartUp Co, stated that personal relationships are important in the world of business.

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