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High-Potential Employee (HIPO)

A high-potential employee (HIPO) is an employee who possesses all the right skills to succeed within a company's upper-level positions. HIPOs have the ability, the engagement, and the aspiration to rise to the challenge and succeed in the most important jobs. Usually, an SMB will call the top three to five percent of their best performers HIPOs.

What Small and Midsize Businesses Need to Know About High-Potential Employee (HIPO)

To identify high-potential employees, small to midsize businesses (SMBs) should look at employees who do their jobs in the best possible way. HIPOs often show new forms of excellence in their daily work; they are driven and determined, their behavior stands out from the rest, and they work toward their success at every opportunity. These resources also want to learn and improve their role in the workplace. Being labeled a HIPO comes with a lot of pressure, but SMBs know identify employees who can handle that pressure well.

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