What are high-potential employees?
High-potential employees (HIPO) are often employees who have extra skillsets that set them apart from their coworkers. They often show a high level of leadership and are excellent at working autonomously. HIPO employees vary in age, but they can be considered high-potential none-the-less. The crucial part of having HIPO employees is evaluating them to learn what areas they could improve in so they will make for a more well-rounded employee, and maybe a potential manager.
It's much like a classroom – some kids struggle with certain subjects while others may excel in the same subject. If they're all placed in one classroom together, the excelling students often get bored and antsy if they aren't being challenged or channeling their talents in healthy or useful ways. The workplace can be very similar to the classroom – employees that are high-potential but aren't treated as such may get bored, feel underappreciated, and consequently be on the lookout for a new job.
If you have identified a few high-potential employees, be sure to take action and let them know you notice their hard work and talents. You must be careful as you don't want other employees to feel less appreciated. However, making sure high-potential employees feel seen is crucial to gaining their trust. It's important to ask if there are any ways you can help them reach their goals whether it be certifications, desired extra responsibilities, or pushing them to the next level. High-potential employees are naturally motivated and want to learn more – so giving them these opportunities will increase the chance of them feeling challenged and appreciated.
Plan for the Future
Identifying the employees that need a good challenge to do their best work is an important part of helping your company expand. If you can get these kinds of employees, you're in good shape!
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