The correct way to write “twenty cents”

Am I the only one who is bothered when I see “twenty cents” written with both a decimal point and the cent sign, as in “.20¢”? I see it everywhere. On a restaurant menu: “Add guacamole for .50¢.” At the grocery store: “Apples for .99¢ a pound.” There are two ways to...

Is “dethaw” a word?

Recently, I was in a yoga class, and the instructor used the word dethaw (repeatedly) to describe what our bodies do during the warm-up of spring. Instead of relaxing and tuning the world out, as I usually do during my yoga practice, I started stressing over the...

Writing effective workplace surveys (part 2)

In my previous blog post, I discussed how writing good survey questions can be challenging. The goal is to design survey questions that capture the information you need. So, how does one get started? First, let’s consider the types of questions: open-ended, binary,...

Writing effective workplace surveys (part 1)

Several months ago, I wrote about writing work instructions. I received a comment comparing the art of writing work instructions to that of writing employee surveys. So, I thought, we should dig deeper into surveys. Whether you are measuring employee satisfaction,...