Communication skills, allows you to deliver your ideas and thoughts in a clear manner. According to a survey of 120 major American corporations employing nearly 8 million people, concludes that in today’s workplace writing is a “threshold skill” for hiring and promoting among salaried (i.e., professional) employees. Writing should be a skill everyone in the workplace must have and is always almost required. It costs companies a lot of money each year when employees have not mastered writing skills. According to the writing commission, the 2004 report states, "The Commission estimates that remedying deficiencies in writing costs American corporations as much as $3.1 billion annually". Due to these high cost, employers are requiring employees to have these skillsbefore considering them for employment. More than 40 percent of responding firms offer or require training for salaried employees with writing deficiencies. “We’re likely to send out 200–300 people annually for skills-upgrade courses like ‘business writing’ or ‘technical writing,’” said one respondent in the 2004 Commission report. Mastering writing skills reveals so much about you and your business skills; it is of the utmost importance. It is imperative to have these skills for success in the workplace. Sources: Read, Madlen. "Employers say one-third of workers' writing skills fall below job standards." The Asheville Citizen-Times. 19 Sept. 2004: B7. United States. The National Commission on Writing for America's Families, Schools, and Colleges. Writing: A Ticket to Work...Or a Ticket Out, A Survey of Business Leaders. College Board, 2004.