New research on business writing (infographic and report)

state of business writing 2016Today I release “The State of Business Writing, 2016,” my first research report about the challenges of writing at work, based on a survey of 547 business writers. This is the first public release of the whole set of research.

Biggest takeaways:

  • 81% of people who write for work agree with the statement “Poorly written material wastes my time.”
  • Most people believe they are good writers, even though they see problems in what everybody else writes.
  • Confidence increases with age. Of those 55 years old and older, 72% agree with the statement “I make a strong, positive impression on others with my writing.” And only 18% of those older writers worry that “Taking a clear stand in my writing would damage my career.”
  • Writers complain their training and editing processes are messed up.

Infographic of highlights is below. The full report (16 tight pages) is available here.

state of business writing infographic

28 responses to “New research on business writing (infographic and report)

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.