High potentials – part of generation Y?


When one talks about high potentials, we have this very well settled stereotype in our heads. A well dressed man (or woman, to stay politically correct), wearing a suit & tie, leather shoes and cufflinks. He has a family but never sees them, as he does a lot of travelling for work.

While the leather shoes, as well as the rest of the clothing part might still apply, work-life balance has become a very important issue for young people today, at least for the majority. Of course this basic statement is nothing new to people that follow the news on a frequent basis, or are even working in the human resource management sector.
But what if we specifically look at high potentials? They are, by definition, part of the “Gen-Y”, but has their attitude really followed the mainstream, or did they stick to their old behaviours and lifestyle?
As more than 70% of the participants (70,000 in total) of this survey are high potentials, it is still interesting to ask them the same questions, that were answered by the rest of the millennials, years ago.

Interestingly, over 50% (ok, 51% is not a very convincing majority), do not want to frequently travel for work. Making some approximations, one can at least observe a slight trend. Estimating that all the 30% of theparticipants, that aren’t high potentials chose the answer ‚I don’t want to travel‘, we can draw the conclusion, that 14700 high potentials chose this answer as well. Now it can easily be calculated that 71,9% of the high potentials are willing to travel more frequently. This could be used to support the claim that this part the “Gen Y” does not stick to the overall trend of young academics.


Before judging these results, please remind yourself, that we unfortunately had to make assumptions, that make the result more inaccurate. Nevertheless, we gave our best to keep it as accurate as possible!

Feel free to engage and comment!


About Andreas Altheimer

My Name is Andreas Altheimer (Head of Marketing @ MercuryPuzzle). On this Blog I post about experiences with different marketing techniques!MercuryPuzzle is a young tech-StartUp, that links talents with matching jobs & companies.
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