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Infographic: What Defines a High Performing Employee in Today's Workplace

What it means to be a 'high performer' has changed drastically in the past decade; managing top talent and identifying future leaders has never been more critical for companies

CEB data show that big firms, on average, need a 27% increase in employee performance to hit revenue and profitability targets. To manage that, employees need to become “enterprise contributors,” which means they need to be as good at working with and through others as they are at completing any individual tasks.

The infographic below fleshes out this idea of the enterprise contributor, and you can find more detail on the research behind these shifts in the working environment by filling out the form on the right of this page.


What makes a high performer infographic

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9 Responses

  • David Akida says:

    Very educational

  • Suzanne says:

    Is this not just another name for problem solvers as opposed to problem identifiers & and shouldn’t we be challenging over cautious culture environments that inhibit it.

  • Gerry O'Connor says:

    Thank you

  • Sheryl Parker says:

    Interesting. This is a valuable use of talent. It requires a great deal of enabling.

  • Al says:

    And which way will benefit the most? The first one keeps everybody in a job, the latter will lose billions in bank deals, lose 100000 jobs and put back the country to 1950!

  • ForTheWin says:

    Meritocracy has little to do with equality and equality has even less to do with QUALITY. Just my two cents’ worth.
    This is a lovely infographic about the need to recognize and promote the best performers, not the need to recognize and promote based upon gender or victim status.

  • DB says:

    Just the current crop of rubbish management theory. Both strategies can work with the right people. Neither will work with the wrong people.

  • Aloysius Voortman says:

    Retired now after 40 years in many jobs in many countries: nearly all management strategies are periodic fads and hype. The only thing that WORKS is when you are so lucky to find people in management that LISTEN instead of playing silly “I am the boss games”. Then suddenly workers get inspired, give 100% for 100% of their time, collaborate and realise they can do far better than they ever knew they could. Then they do it with a smile and with full cooperation with colleagues. If parents are stupid, children are stupid. If management is stupid, workers are stupid. The rest is (excuse le mot) simply useless bullshit…

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