Elevation or Erosion?

In today’s fast-paced and electronic world, it’s easy to get caught up in the shorthand. Abbreviated words and shortened sentences first seemed like a requirement, due to the limitation of 140 characters and miniature cellphone keyboards. Not long after texting went mainstream, ‘staccato’ communication became the norm. Symbols and sound bites replaced words. For some, they have become a new standard for ‘good communication.’

It seems that grammar rules have gone by the wayside.  According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, there is an “epidemic of grammar gaffes in the workplace”.  Approximately 45% of 430 employers surveyed said they were choosing to increase employee training programs to improve grammar and other skills.  One of the by-products of abbreviated communication is informality. With informality comes a lack of refinement, slowly eroding our sensitivity to ourselves and how we relate to others.

The speed and ease of electronics are certainly today’s standard in conducting business; so the challenge becomes if we choose to be aware of the messages carried beyond our communications. From our grammar, to the quality of the stories we share with others and the images the stories evoke, to the quality of materials used in our business or craft, we shape ourselves and the community around us. Do we choose to elevate or erode?

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