Reduce HIPO Flight Risk

High potential employees are three times more likely to succeed as future leaders of an organization, but 55% drop out of their HIPO programs within five years. Take a look at SHL’s guide to identifying, engaging, and retaining your HIPOs.

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A Clear Definition of High Potential Employees

SHL’s HIPO model is based on years of studying high potential employees and programs to identify the critical factors that determine their success. Based on this research, we determined that a true HIPO is not only a high performer but also someone with all three of the defining attributes: aspiration, ability, and engagement.

Who wants to rise to more senior positions? After studying over 431,000 people globally, SHL has identified a unique combination of motivational factors and behaviors of those who are more likely to rise to an executive position. Learn more about SHL’s HIPO model in our latest guide.

Who will be effective when they reach leadership positions? Only 1 in 4 professionals exhibit very high levels of leadership potential in their early careers. To provide a more holistic assessment of the ability to be effective in more challenging and senior roles, SHL has identified attributes that drive future leadership performance potential – beyond cognitive and reasoning ability. Learn more about SHL’s HIPO model in our latest guide.

Who will commit to the organization and remain in senior roles? HIPOs are highly sought after in an increasingly competitive market and less than half of high potentials intend to stay with their current employer. Engaged HIPOs are 1.5x more likely to stay – but how is engagement defined? SHL’s definition and measurement is composed of two factors: current and future engagement. Learn more about SHL’s HIPO model in our latest guide.

The Three Key Attributes of a High Potential Employee

SHL’s science and real-time HIPO insights significantly increase the chance of you finding employees who will achieve senior positions, be successful when they get there, and commit to your business. HIPOs identified by SHL are:



more likely to be effective in senior roles



more likely to achieve an executive position



as likely to stay, go the extra mile, and meet performance goals

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Bring Science to HIPO Identification

Measure each of the three characteristics through SHL’s scientifically valid assessments for personality, potential, motivation, cognitive ability, and engagement. Assess freshly nominated HIPOs or new joiners at any frequency.

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The Most Accurate People Decisions

As assessments are completed, talent data is immediately available via SHL’s High Potential Identification dashboard.

Get real-time insights into employees’ levels of ability, aspiration, and engagement, their type of leadership ability, as well as their motivational drivers. Never miss a hidden gem as newly nominated HIPOs and new joiners are analyzed and plotted in real time.

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Proactively Reduce Flight Risk

Increase the likelihood of your HIPO program’s success through the design and management of the developmental journey for high potential employees.

Empower your HIPOs to fulfill their potential with instant access to tailored development reports and stretch assignments, improving talent retention and increasing engagement by 35%.

See SHL HIPO Identification in Action

Your HIPOs are the hottest talent on the market. At a time when flight risk is at its highest, correctly identifying and retaining your HIPOs is crucial to future success.

SHL’s High Potential Identification Solution brings accuracy, diversity, and agility to your decision-making using a validated framework.

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One Solution, All the Analytics You Need

SHL’s High Potential Identification insights are available as a standalone solution or as part of our broader Talent Management solution, Mobilize. Mobilize applies all of SHL’s Talent Management science, using a single source of talent data to support all your people decisions.

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