GPS Employee-Tracking Pops Up Again
from the where's-waldo? dept
Every so often, stories about companies using GPS technology to keep tabs on their workers come up, generally coinciding with some company’s product launch. For the most part, GPS tracking doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. For one thing, it doesn’t send the best message to employees if their boss feels the need to constantly know where they are. For another, the systems aren’t infallible, and slacking employees will typically find a way around them. Most of all, though, they’re typically solutions in search of a problem. Take the latest story about employee tracking from Toronto’s Globe and Mail. The example it leads with is a vending machine company using the technology to track its drivers, and make sure they “were receiving fair compensation”. Apparently the GPS gear it installed in its trucks “helped the company confirm its pay calculations were fair and balanced”, but here’s the kicker: the company’s director of operations doesn’t know exactly when it will recoup the $400 per vehicle costs, but “anticipates” they will do so. There are certainly some instances in which GPS tracking makes sense, but there are plenty more where it doesn’t. Given the costs and the questionable return on investment, not to mention the potential damage to employee morale and performance, these systems are awfully hard to justify.