Think you know your high performers? (Guest commentary)

While most firms try to identify emerging talent, process is flawed, finds survey
By Len Karakowsky & Igor Kotlyar
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/06/2011

The popularity of high-potential — also known as HIPO — employee programs has been growing over the last 15 years. Identifying and developing promising employees is a practical necessity and companies are investing significant resources in cultivating future leadership talent.

So, how are Canadian companies doing in this regard? The results of an online survey of HR professionals conducted in partnership with Canadian HR Reporter, York University in Toronto and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Ont., are alarming.

Two-thirds of respondents say senior managers are only “somewhat effective” at identifying high-potential employees and an additional 22 per cent feel senior managers are either “not very effective” or “very ineffective.”