Are You Paying the Hidden Price of Workplace Distraction?

February 18, 2016    |    David Mears

“The true scarce commodity [of the near future] will be human attention.”

—Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft

Feeling distracted lately?
You’re not alone. Most of the people you work with — including those co-workers and customers who need to hear your message — are distracted as well.

Consider the sobering stats below.

  • 8 seconds: the average attention span today, down 50% from the year 20001
  • 70 percent: the percentage of American employees who are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged from their work”2
  • 47 percent: the amount of time people now spend thinking about something other than what they are currently doing1

This is a huge, hidden, and costly problem.
Why? Because your company’s success is a function of its best ideas being turned into profitable products, projects, and customer relationships.

Yet it’s increasingly difficult for your key people — executives, sales professionals, project managers, team leaders, and engineers — to break through the distraction and capture attention for those ideas. 

Here’s the bottom line: in today’s “high-distraction” environment, having a great business idea isn’t enough.
You must also present it in a way that GRABS and KEEPS audience attention. It boils down to whether you can accomplish three things quickly:

  1. Make your ideas understood.
  2. Connect those ideas to the valued “care-abouts of the other party.
  3. Build confidence that you are a trustworthy source of information and recommendations.

In short, it’s about becoming a more credible and compelling messenger of important, innovative ideas.

Want to learn more? Download: Credible Messaging: The Missing Driver of Business Performance.



1. Wandering Mind Not A Happy Mind

2. State Of The American Workplace