In my workplace writing workshops, I don’t ask people to change any of their word use or writing style habits. I do ask them to challenge their habits in light of the contemporary Best Practices we discuss in class.
If they decide to change any of those old habits, that’s fine. If not, that’s fine, too, as long as they remember the old adage, ‘If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.’
A few more faves you would hear in those classes:
1. Everything you write or say at work you should write on purpose and for a purpose.
2. No one should see you first draft of important messages. Everyone will see your final draft.