In the real world, people do check in.

The simplest way to increase performance and engagement is to help your team members and team leaders check in weekly about near-term future work.

HR often worries that people are too busy to commit to another ritual to follow, but our research shows that if you give team members a simple tool and ask them to check in and share their future work with their manager, they will use it. It’s that easy.

When we put a tool in place and measured how frequently people used it over twelve weeks, the results were incredible. Over twelve weeks at various companies, we found:

  • Technology Company 1:
    • 58% checked in every week.
  • Healthcare Company:
    • 58% checked in every week
    • 40% checked in every other week.
  • Professional Services Company:
    • 62% checked in every week
    • 37% checked in every other week.
  • Technology Company 2:
    • 29% checked in every week
    • 55% checked in every other week.

These usage stats are off the charts.  Which is crucial, because if you’re not getting usage, you’re not getting any change in behavior, performance or engagement.

Check-Ins drive engagement, and people will do them if you give them simple tools.


  1. Amy Ciprero October 4, 2016 at 1:51 PM - Reply

    These series of articles and videos are really great. I am wondering if there are other videos that actually show what the tool looks like and how to use it.

    • Marcus Buckingham November 17, 2016 at 3:40 AM - Reply

      Thanks for the comment Amy. Take a look at and check out the StandOut Technology. Keep the conversation going!

  2. Paul Thatcher October 4, 2016 at 7:16 PM - Reply

    What simple tools do you recommend for tracking work in checkins?

    • Marcus Buckingham November 17, 2016 at 3:46 AM - Reply

      Hi there Paul. Thank you so much for watching and for your comment. Simple tools for real people doing real work in real time. The StandOut Technology was founded on these principles. And candidly, out of frustration that no one in our space has created HR tools to solve real world problems. Take a look at Happy to continue the conversation!

  3. Lonnie A Griner III April 13, 2017 at 4:48 PM - Reply

    Hi Marcus,
    Keep up the good work, you are doing good.
    Retired NASA,

  4. Pete Fox April 13, 2017 at 9:15 PM - Reply

    Hi Marcus. Thanks again for the video series. Is there a link to view a sample of the on-line tool and how it represents the data from the check-ins?

    • Marcus Buckingham July 11, 2017 at 11:04 AM - Reply

      Hi Pete – Absolutely, please check out for more information on the StandOut tool.

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