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January 5th, 2022 · 5 min read

High-potential employee program: What HiPo employees really want

What is a high-potential employee?

Criteria for identifying HiPos internally within your organization

  • They are invested in the success and performance of the team, rather than just individual success.
  • They are innovative, agile learners that integrate new information and procedures seamlessly into their work.
  • They want to develop their skills and are invested in both their personal professional growth as well as the growth of the organization.
  • They understand how their role affects their colleagues, their department and the company as a whole.
  • They are competent and exhibit expertise within their role but accept feedback gracefully and strive for excellence.

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Criteria for identifying HiPos from your job candidate pool

  • Has the candidate exhibited growth potential in previous roles?
  • Does the candidate have an understanding of what’s needed to achieve an elevated role from one’s current position?
  • Does the candidate understand and value the company culture?
  • Where else in the candidate’s life and work history reflects leadership experience or leadership potential?
  • Is the candidate invested in the success of the team, and not just individual development?


Best practices for an effective high-potential employee program

Align high-potential employee development with strategic priorities

Selecting candidates for your HiPo program is a group effort

Leverage education and on-the-job training to develop HiPo employees

Provide HiPo employees with tangible career outcomes and recognition

Give your HiPo employees what they want

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