Objective Writing: Definition & Professional RelevanceOBJECTIVE(Merriam-Webster links)“expressing or dealing withfactsor conditions as perceived without distortion bypersonal feelings,prejudices, or interpretations” (Meaning 3.a)*SUBJECTIVE:(1):peculiar to a particular individual:personal (“subjective judgments”)(2):modified or affected by personal views, experience, or background (“a subjective account of theincident”) (Meaning4.a)_______________________________________________________________________________________•Objective language is perceived as professional and persuasive.•It is also aprimary requirement in IT and in most workplace documents, because:Other professionalsreading them need to be able to form an unbiased ideaabout each situation;Some documents could be used in courtin case of serious conflicts and/or illegal acts;Your research skillsdepend on your ability to clearly distinguishing between objective and subjectivelanguage. [ex: finding objective and reliablesecondary sourcesas a task at work]
Objective Writing: Main Requirements•You have studiedtone components.•Objective writing components are similar: they work withmost people, most of the time,butobjectivity is not simply about ensuring a professionaltone, but also about giving workplacedocuments apersuasiveandcautiouscharacter. Consider the following requirements:Standard/Plain Language: Keep in mind everything we said about the appropriate level of communicationexpected in the workplace in the previous lecture:•Avoid overlyinformal expressions(colloquialisms imply familiarity);•Avoidpretentious language(unnecessarily formal, and also unclear)Topic-focused: Every word and expression contribute to the discussion of the topic.•Avoiddigressions– convoluted sentences can confuse and distract from the topic•Avoidunnecessary details– because they distract from reading and burden the messageFact-based: The argumentation in the message is based on•Serious research(statistics and other information from reliable sources, etc.);•Factual information:objective descriptionsof events/ situations.
Objective Writing: Main Characteristics – Cont’dSpecific language:•College assignments as well as workplace documents should abstain fromvague language, wordinessand other stylistic problems that might affect the clarity of the message.