Workers sending out business correspondence could damage the reputation of the company if they do not check their writing for grammatical errors, a new survey has suggested.
According to a poll from educational software developer Basic Writing Skills, 67.97 per cent of the UK population have a lower than average literacy level, while a study by Ernst and Young has revealed employees who lack basic skills cost the economy £10 billion a year.
Although females were found by the Basic Writing Skills study to have a higher level of literacy than men.
Heather Ker, the creator of Better Writing: Better Business, stated that employees who lack essential literacy skills could impair a firm's standing.
"Spelling or punctuation errors convey that the writer, and the company they represent, are careless and lack attention to detail. Such a damaging evaluation can result in a loss of business," she said.
Only 50 per cent of employees check their grammar before sending a document to their boss, a recent WhiteSmoke study revealed.