The introduction or discussion of GPS fleet tracking has been met with varying responses from employers and employees. As specific industries and government-funded departments have decided to implement this new technology, opinions ranging from causes to freedoms to taxpayers’ money continue to abound—and to clash.
Some people, simply by personality, negatively react to the idea of accountability and control inherent within the establishment of GPS fleet tracking; however, the new technology seems to be spreading and attracting more supporters. Could a shift in thinking possibly help those in opposition see such changes as bringing more freedom instead of less?
Employees who accept the ramifications of GPS fleet tracking and function within the guidelines of the company can actually become highly trusted. Building trust in the employer-employee relationship has become increasingly difficult as employees in all industries have become less location-based. Even cubicles may become a thing of the past as employers continue to discover the increased productivity among satellite employees. As employees demonstrate their trustworthiness through the data collected by GPS fleet tracking systems, employers in general may become more comfortable with entrusting company equipment and responsibilities to off-site employees who have proved to be dependable.
Ability to Respond to Accusations
GPS fleet tracking being installed on municipal vehicles in Berkley Heights, New Jersey is actually viewed by some as a protection for employees. According to the Township Administrator, GPS fleet tracking will give an opportunity for employee’s uses of taxpayer-funded vehicles to be explained. When residents become suspicious about where they see the vehicles, they can voice their complaints and receive straight answers. Employees that are sent on special, work-related missions won’t have to worry about false accusations arising as they accomplish their work.
Automatic Record Keeping
As GPS tracking expands, company-owned vehicles can essentially keep their own records. While this obviously saves time in calculating miles and provides accountability for vehicle use, it also eliminates the concern for human error or intentional deception. As advocates of GPS fleet tracking have pointed out, the company who owns the vehicle has the right to know exactly how the vehicle is being used. In the long run, this automatic record can provide the employees with the freedom to use the vehicle in all the ways needed to get their jobs done.