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How to Identify and Attract High Performers

Attracting top talent is not only about recruitment methodology. Research suggests that high performers thrive in an environment that supports them, within a culture that appreciates and can sustain high performance.

In this blog, we look at the main characteristics that identify high performers.

Identify High Performers

High performers are individuals who operate at a different pace in a company and stand out from the crowd. Usually, these types have a high degree of emotional intelligence (EQ) and empathy and perform well under pressure and deadlines.

Unlike most employees, high performers make a point to motivate others and instil performance in the people around them, despite being often seen as highly competitive. They know their value and are prepared to negotiate to be paid at the level they are worth.

Generally, high performers express their desire to perform in all aspects of their lives. Maintaining a good work/life balance means that they often prefer to work outside of the traditional 9 to 5 norms, achieving results nonetheless.

There are no ‘one-size-fits-all’ recipes, standard requirements or specific demographics for high performers, which makes it the more difficult to identify these candidates, but not impossible.

Attract High Performers

Recruiters and employers use background checks, career history, references and other analytics to establish individual reputation and potential for high performance.

For example, high performers are candidates who describe themselves as self-motivated, driven, innovative, and interested in pursuing opportunities and exceeding expectations as opposed to adhering to a routine.

To attract these highly valuable employees, companies have to be attentive to their needs and goals and create an environment that encourages flexibility, autonomy, and trust above everything else as strong motivators to keep them interested and engaged.

In conclusion, high performers find value in organisations that nurture their talents and aspirations in the workplace and continue to bring exciting opportunities and challenges to encourage outstanding performance.

Professional Sourcing is a top-tier South African-based recruitment agency operating internationally, IPM accredited, LEVEL 2 BEE RATED and 51% Black Owned.

Our agency specialises in professional placements (senior and specialist talent) and exclusive skills recruitment to a wide range of industries, including JSE’s top 100 companies, SMEs and the Public Sector. -- Patricia Koekemoer

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