Why Grammar and Language Are Important for Millennials in Our Working Lives

Author: Mary Grace Donaldson, Career Advice

It’s possible you rolled your eyes once you realized the topic of this post. Oh, no… not grammar. I’m sure you thought you’d escaped it long ago (except, of course, if you’re a writer yourself, or a teacher).

The other thoughts that I bet are going through your head? Oh, I don’t need to hear about this. I’m good at grammar. I know what to say and when to say it. 

But.. have you ever resisted the urge to type the text shorthand that you use every day into a professional email? Did you ever look back and edit a work brief, only to realize that you typed “u” instead of “you?” Have you stopped thinking about verb tenses and apostrophes and all of those rules that you thought you’d abandon the second you walked across the stage at graduation?

If these situations do, indeed, sound like you… I’m here to tell you it’s not your fault. It’s human nature. We have grown so accustomed to typing shorthand and abbreviations. We’re possibly surrounded by peers who are not necessarily familiar with the rules of grammatical correctness — and we’ve fallen out of practice.

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Now that we’ve reviewed why it happens, let’s discuss why it’s important that it happens less and less.

  • If you are employed by a boss who is not necessarily familiar with the rules of grammar and punctuation, it’s very possible that errors won’t even be picked up. But in knowing that you are correct and submitting work that is well-written and well-edited, you will be more confident in your abilities as well as your effort. And that will be very helpful when there’s talk of a promotion.
  • If you are employed by a boss who is familiar with every rule of English that’s fit to print in the dictionary, you will be grateful to those professors who corrected your grammar back in college… and you’ll impress your boss, too.
  • Those who do not write in shorthand or text language are more likely to be taken seriously than those who do. Work just isn’t the place for it.
  • And finally, let’s face facts here. There is a negative stereotype out there about millennials and our collective love of social media. In the minds of those perpetuating said stereotype, social media is a place for incorrect grammar, sloppy punctuation, shorthand, and emojis. Writing is certainly less formal on social media than it is in work briefs and reports, and it is essential that we differentiate between the two styles. Writing as such in the workplace is just one small thing that you can do to defy this negative millennial stereotype.

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