More and more, employers are watching where their workers are going in their company vehicles. It makes sense from an employer standpoint, but what do employees think?
Employers stand much to gain from relying on GPS devices to track their workers. Just the fact you can save a substantial amount of money in excessive, unnecessary wear and tear makes it a winning choice in an effort to add to your profit margin. It only adds to the value of the GPS tracking device when you know your drivers are making it on time to their destination, and not misreporting their time.
The general manager of Auckland’s Drain Repair Company in New Zealand can attest to its value. Ryan Lusty said that for the price of $1000 per vehicle, GPS tracking devices were installed in every one of its fleet six years ago. The purpose of the GPS devices was to monitor the location of the workers, how long they were taking to finish jobs and move on to the next location, and their rate of speed.
“The reason why we put them is just to stop the extra travel, because the vehicles do get abused if you can’t see them,” he said. “They will shoot to the city in the middle of the night or something stupid like that. Now we know how long they are on jobs for, and if they have gone the best, shortest way to a job.”
Of course, the employees weren’t pleased with the decision to install the GPS devices, according to Lusty.
“At the start the guys weren’t very happy about it, obviously, but everybody has got used to it now and it’s standard practice. Everybody knows it’s there and they are work vehicles and that’s it. Everybody knows we are watching them at all times,” said Lusty.
All over New Zealand, workers are being called out for their misdeeds thanks to GPS fleet tracking. For example, in Nelson, a man responsible for maintenance for Downer was caught going home hours before he was claiming on his time sheet, often falsely claiming overtime when he was really relaxing at home on the couch. In Whangarei, a linesman working on street lights was also discovered falsely reporting hours, where the work vehicle was shown sitting in his driveway at home. Both men were fired.
David Lowe is the employment services manager for the EMA, and he says that employers “don’t like catching employees doing bad things…so the best practice is to discuss it with them, discuss what the system can do. We would rather people realize themselves that if they are doing something that maybe they shouldn’t, it will get picked up.”Google+