7 ways Amazon hooks distracted employees

Attention spans are shrinking, and your audiences are overwhelmed. The answer? Snackable content. Otherwise … hey, look! A squirrel!

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Twelve hours, says Kristin Graham, is the amount of time per day your employees are connected to technology for work.

Don’t think you have half a day to lecture them, however. Seven seconds is the amount of time you have to capture their attention with a given message, the head of employee communications for Amazon Web Services adds.

When busy humans receive a communication, she says, “We want to instantly know what it is; is it relevant to me? And if not, you are not going to get my attention.”

For those who grew up in a world of words, it’s hard to make the adjustment. Yet we have less time and fewer words to grab people’s… oh, look! A funny picture of guilty-looking dogs that tore the house apart while their owner was out.

Where were we?  Oh: “Internal communications is not a department,” Graham says. “It’s an expectation of our employees, of our people, and it’s because we live in the world of perpetual conversation.”

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