Don’t be alarmed when you see teenagers walk around your neighborhood staring at their smartphones and waving them in the air. And you might notice people aimlessly trekking circles in the woods behind your house. They’re probably not zombies. It’s likely that all of these people are playing augmented reality GPS-based games, like Pokémon Go and Geocaching, on their smartphones. But GPS is for more than just fun and games. Many small businesses manage their remote workforce with our GPS time tracking system.
GPS Tracking for Your Employees is a Great Management Tool
Off-site employees clock in and out on our mobile app and we report the GPS location of the punches. Our system displays if the punches are tracked at the job site (or the McDonald’s drive-thru). It’s a great management and accountability tool. Call your employee and inquire if you get a “not located at job” result. Now he or she knows that you’re watching. To paraphrase what we’ve said before, don’t expect what you don’t inspect.
However, we always caution small business owners and managers to use the location data as a tool and not a smoking gun to fire an employee. GPS location technology is just that – technology, not a science. A million and one variables can alter technological results. Use the results obtained by our system as a tool to see red flag patterns develop that need to be addressed. Hopefully, most of your clock-in and clock-out tracks will show “located at the job”. You don’t need to worry about those. Just deal with the GPS tracks showing your employees “not located at the job” and then take into account everything else you know about these employees.
- How many “not at job” results have the employee given you in the last 3 months?
- How many times has the employee been late?
- How many no-shows?
GPS Tracking Gives Answers to Your Questions
Chronotek answers all of these questions to help build a profile on the employee. GPS tracking is an especially fantastic tool for many business owners with off-site employees. When your kids show you their Pokémon captures, you can show them your employee locations.