Using the 9-Box Talent Grid to understand an employee's performance and potential via the HR Platform

The 9-Box Talent Grid is a tool that helps you assess and categorise employees based on their performance and potential. It consists of a 3x3 grid, with one axis representing performance and the other axis representing potential.

Important

You can add employees to the 9-Box Talent Grid by rating their potential and performance within their Employee Scorecard. Learn how to rate an employee's potential and performance in this article.

Availability

HR Plan:   Free   Standard   Premium   Platinum
  User Access:   Employee         Managers         Admin      

  This is the default access level per user and whether they have  view,  edit and  delete access, excluding any changes made via our Custom Security feature.

Using the 9-Box Talent Grid

Viewing the 9-Box Talent Grid

Important

Admins can see all employees' performance and potential ratings in the 9-Box Talent grid. Primary Managers can only see their direct reports in the 9-Box Talent Grid.
  1. Log in to the Employment Hero HR platform.
  2. Click the report section on the navigation menu.
  3. Click the Performance section.
    Screenshot of reports page with performance tab highlighted
  4. Click the 9-Box Talent Grid tile.
    Screenshot of performance reports with the 9 grid box tile highlighted
  5. The 9-Box Talent Grid is shown in the centre of the page.
    Screenshot of 9 box grid page with the box grid highlighted

Important

You can hover over a set of initials on the grid to see who it belongs to.

5. A list of employees and their potential and performance ratings is at the bottom of the page
Screenshot of the 9 box grid page with the employee list highlighted

Interpreting the 9-Box Talent Grid

Screenshot of 9 box grid page with the box grid highlighted

  • High Performers, High Potential (Top Right): These employees are considered top talent and are often earmarked for leadership roles or special development programmes.
  • High Performers, Medium Potential (Top Centre): These employees excel in their current roles but may need further assessment to determine their future potential.
  • High Performers, Low Potential (Top Left): These employees deliver excellent results but may not have aspirations for advancement or may be better suited in their current roles long-term.
  • Solid Performers, High Potential (Middle Right): These employees are reliable performers with the potential for growth and development into leadership roles.
  • Solid Performers, Medium Potential (Middle Centre): These employees are reliable performers who may benefit from targeted development to advance their careers.
  • Solid Performers, Low Potential (Middle Left): These employees consistently meet expectations but may not have significant potential for advancement.
  • Low Performers, High Potential (Bottom Right): These employees have the potential to improve significantly and may require support and development opportunities.
  • Low Performers, Medium Potential (Bottom Centre): These employees may be struggling in their current roles but have the potential for improvement with the right support and development.
  • Low Performers, Low Potential (Bottom Left): These employees may need performance improvement plans or other interventions.

 

Filtering and searching the 9-Box Talent Grid

You can filter or search for specific teams or individuals using the filters above the 9-Box Talent Grid.

Important

You can hover over a set of initials on the grid to see who it belongs to.

Screenshot of 9 box grid page with the search team buttons and an employee highlighted

Using the 9-Box Talent Grid for Talent Management
  • Identify high-potential employees for leadership development programmes.
  • Tailor development plans for employees based on their placement in the grid.
  • Identify areas of strength and development needs within the organisation.

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