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The Cost of Poor Writing: AU$18.5 billion each year

The average full-time employee in Australia is likely to spend about 15 minutes each working day wrestling with poor writing in the workplace. This is the time taken:

Fifteen minutes might not sound a lot, but it equates to about 3% of an employee's paid time.

The average salary of full-time employees in Australia (as at 2018) was $88,000. Three per cent of that figure equates to $2,640 per employee per year wasted in trying to decipher and wade through poor writing.

bullet  What is your company wasting per year?

Take the number of your full-time employees and multiply that number by $2,640. For example, if you have 100 employees, the productivity wasted due to poor writing is at least $264,000.

We say at least $264,000 because the calculation does not take into account the time wasted when employees struggle with their own writing, taking two or three times longer to draft a report than someone skilled in writing. Nor does it take into account part-time employees.

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bullet  What is Australia wasting per year?

There are approximately 7 million full-time employees in Australia. Thus 15 minutes per day wasted trying to tease out the meaning of poorly worded documents equates to a staggering waste of about $18.5 billion per year.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics