Why do people write like zombies at work?

My colleague, Burcu, sent me the link to this recent Forbes piece by Liz Ryan on why people writing things like as per my message and it has come to my attention. It’s a good read so I tweeted about it.

Zombie language, Ryan wrote, is incompatible with what her HR consulting company calls the Human Workplace.

Our language is our culture. Business language cements the culture in an organization.

Exactly. The way you talk to your colleagues and customers demonstrates whether you view them as autonomous beings or objects for your own purposes. Plain language is connected to organizational culture. It takes courage to write like a human being when you’re surrounded by zombies.office zombie


Author: _dr_kim_

I am a linguist who studies workplace language. My mission is to empower people at work by discovering and sharing the truth about communication.

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