Monitoring Employees In The Workplace
GPS Trackers Provide Solutions For Businesses
Did you know that companies in the United States lose money each year due to employee theft or dishonesty? That’s right. According to one report, nearly 5% of annual profits are lost by companies within the US. In dollar amounts, that is over $650 billion in one year alone. And while it is easier to trace employee dishonesty or theft in a smaller business, small businesses have much less ability to absorb these kinds of staggering losses.
If you think that because you are a small business owner and know your employees personally—and they would never steal from your company—think again. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 75% of all employees steal. Half of these employees steal repeatedly. How can any company, and especially smaller ones, recover from the losses due to employee dishonesty? As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
There are many ways that an employer can implement measures to prevent employee dishonesty. One is to be very careful in the hiring process. You can even obtain background checks in pre-screening processes. You can review inventories and bookkeeping records, and you can take the time to develop personal relationships with your employees. You can also implement forms of employee monitoring. There are new types of software that actually allow employers to electronically check employee’s internet use and e-mail usage. The danger with some of these monitoring or tracking devices is that the issue of legality and boundaries are still in discussion in the workplace as well as the legal system.
GPS tracking system technology provides businesses a generally acceptable way to monitor employees through the use of GPS vehicle tracking devices. If your company requires employees to make trips with the company car, or if you allow employees to telecommute one or more days per week, then you should consider investing in this type of device. Even the most well-intentioned employees can be assisted by an accountability system. If they know that you will have a log of where they have been on the clock or in the company car, it will help motivate them to stay focused on their work. For example, if an employee is assigned to make deliveries, pick up items, or meet with prospective clients at outside locations, it may be tempting for them to stop at the store “on the way” back to work or take a “short” break and allow you to assume their duties took longer than expected. If you have a GPS vehicle tracker device, these types of employee dishonesty will become nearly impossible.
What is the best fleet management software?
The SilverCloud tracking system, GPS Tracking Key and Flashback GPS are three of the most popular vehicle tracking devices used by businesses in the United States.
GPS fleet tracking systems consist of a series of approximately 24 satellites orbiting in outer space. These satellites work in groups of twos or threes to determine the latitude and longitude of the receiver on earth (which can be attached to people, vehicles, etc.). An active tracking system allows you to download minute-by-minute information to the internet or a mobile device. A passive system creates a log of where the receiver has been that you can browse at your convenience. Either system would carry many benefits in helping employees to be honest. Help them to learn that honesty is always the best policy!
by Greg Bartlett / guest author