BLUF: I have an employee who's writing ability is lacking considerably. How do I correct this problem?
I have an employee who is relatively new to the company (<3 months). He is a senior level engineer and I recently tasked him with writing a few reports regarding some equipment which a customer returned due to supposed failures. The approach he took to exploring the failures was very scientific and thorough - there are no problems there. His reports, however, are poorly written with many run-on sentences and excessive word use. The do contain all the relevant information and correct conclusions. Reading them and understanding how he came to those conclusions is the problem. I would be very, very hesitant to put anything remotely similar to these reports in front of the customer.
How would you suggest I go about correcting this problem? Feedback? Would rewriting the reports in a manner I deem suitable and then providing to him as future reference be a good approach? I am up against a time crunch here as well due to the fact that the documentation is due on Wednesday. I did not expect his writing to be such a problem.