16 Apr

Why Unions are Against GPS Tracking and How to Talk it Out

Union WorkersBelieve it or not, some workers are against having GPS tracking systems in the workplace. Some of the most reliable and trustworthy workers are those who have been in their respective industry for years or even decades, and while these loyal partners and craftsmen possess some of the most finely-tuned skill sets in their line of work, many of them can be a bit “old-fashioned” or hesitant to accept changes in the workplace. Some workers and even entire unions shun the use of GPS technology, siting their belief that the trackers are an invasion of their privacy or a tool to punish them unnecessarily.

Many workers feel that the presence of a GPS tracker is a sign of distrust, or that their employers aren’t confident that their workers can get the job done despite years of experience and training. Some even believe that GPS systems are a waste of money – a claim easily refuted by our many success stories – in smaller fleets.

But workers require supervision. In an office setting, a manager or supervisor often takes on the same job as a GPS tracking solutions in more mobile industries. A manager identifies problems, works to increase efficiency, and finds ways to boost employee morale and performance – two things that go hand in hand. In industries that require many mobile employees – construction, waste management, taxi services, and others – it would be impossible for a supervisor to maintain that same level of fleet and employee awareness without being in the car with each individual worker. Obviously, that isn’t an efficient way to do things. GPS tracking systems simply serve to increase efficiency – no one invests in a GPS system just to give employees a hard time, and as a boss trying to relay the benefits of GPS technology to a union, that point has to be made clear.

A single GPS vehicle tracker can…

  1. Identify problems and allow fleet management specialists to work with employees to solve those problems
  2. Find shorter routes
  3. Assign closer vehicles to jobs that need to be done, quickening response times and reducing costs
  4. Allow employees to better their own performance in a way never thought possible
  5. Increase employee safety and decrease inconveniences

GPS tech was never designed to invade workers’ privacy or dole out unneeded punishments – neither of those things are good for a business. To the contrary, employee morale is closely linked to their ability to solve problems and perform well under stress, and GPS tracking technology is used to facilitate the natural improvement of worker efficiency through positive reinforcement, reduction of risks, and, most importantly, proof of what’s been done and where. If an employee is doing their job, they have less to fear than ever because the GPS technology makes a record of their location.

If you or your employees have any other questions or concerns, contact us today! We are happy to explain the costs and benefits of equipping your business with a GPS tracking system, and our specialists are trained to help you find the system that’s right for you and your business.

How could your workplace benefit from GPS technologies? What are other positive effects of GPS technology in the workplace? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Why Unions are Against GPS Tracking and How to Talk it Out
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Some unionized workers are against GPS tracking tech in the workplace. Here’s why they worry and how you can ease their fears.
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