Does Grammar Matter in the Workplace?
Certain employers say it’s important to them that their workers exhibit good grammar. But is bad grammar a valid reason to bar someone from a job?

Certain employers say it’s important to them that their workers exhibit good grammar. But is bad grammar a valid reason to bar someone from a job? Recently, in the Harvard Business Review, Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit and founder of Dozuki, wrote an article called “I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar.” In the article, Wiens argues that it is important to take into account an applicant’s grammatical abilities, regardless of the job they are applying for. Wiens says, “I’ve found that people who make fewer mistakes on a grammar test also make fewer mistakes when they are doing something completely unrelated to writing—like stocking shelves or labeling parts.”

TAKE THIS QUIZ AND ASSESS YOURSELF.

5 Sample Questions

How many commas does the following sentence require?

The company introduced a revolutionary healthcare plan on February 23 2006 at its headquarters in Dubuque Iowa.

  • A. 0
  • B. 1
  • C. 2
  • D. 3

Which of the sentences below is correct?

  • A. The first house on the block to sell was their's; our's took two months longer.
  • B. The first house on the block to sell was theirs; our's took two months longer.
  • C. The first house on the block to sell was theirs; ours took two months longer.

Which of these sentences indicates that all of the students received awards?

  • A. I gave awards to the students who had earned perfect scores.
  • B. I gave awards to the students, who had earned perfect scores.

Each of you _____ contributed a great deal to the workshop today.

  • A. have
  • B. has

_____ either of you available to give the talk tomorrow?

  • A. Are
  • B. Is