Many employees are slow to embrace change — any change. Business owners who have attempted to introduce small changes in safety protocols or even dress codes understand this all too well. In the eyes of many employees, GPS tracking on company vehicles is a change that’s anything but small. However, if you introduce it the right way, you’ll discover that it’s not that difficult at all to get employees to embrace the change as something positive for everyone.
Show Your Hand from the Start
Don’t surprise them with the news after the fact. Let them know it’s going to happen. Give them the facts and allow them an opportunity to air their feelings on the issue. It you hide it from them, or they feel you’re hiding it from them, you might find the plan met with resentment rather than acceptance and compliance.
Accentuate the Positive
Let your employees know all the benefits that GPS tracking means for them and the business, such as these:
- Greater routing efficiency helps them return to their families sooner in the evening.
- Real-time tracking means they can avoid time-wasting traffic jams.
- Fewer phone calls from dispatch asking where you are.
- Proof of location when customer disputes arise.
- Hands-free mileage tracking for less paperwork throughout the day.
- Higher customer retention, which translates to greater job security.
Present the good things GPS tracking means for employees in order to eliminate doubts before they’re even raised.
Offer to Share the Rewards
Don’t be afraid to let employees know that the company benefits in very real cost savings by using GPS tracking. If you really want your employees to embrace GPS fleet tracking, give them incentive to do so by sharing the wealth with them. Offer incentives and bonuses for safe driving and fuel savings to employees.
Set the parameters for employees to receive their share (make it something attainable, you want your employees to be confident they can do it) and pay up according to the agreement you make with employees.
Expect Some Initial Dissent
Dissent is normal when change is addressed. You may find that older employees may be more reluctant to embrace new technology than younger employees who have grown up surrounded by technology in their homes, schools, and for their entertainment. Give them the facts and wait until they see the benefits in action before you expect attitudes to change.
Also remember that the fact that someone is reluctant to embrace GPS tracking technology does not mean they’re doing anything wrong or have anything to hide. Some people are, by nature, suspicious of all things tech. However, once they see GPS tracking in action they generally find that it’s not at all invasive and truly is beneficial.
Setting realistic expectations among employees about GPS tracking from the start will make the introduction and implementation of this new and highly beneficial technology a seamless transition for your business.
With the help of GPS technology, researchers now know how a group of koalas in Australia survived a nearby brushfire.
If the researchers from the University of Queensland hadn’t fitted koalas with global positioning systems (GPS) trackers prior to the brush fire that broke out in Queensland, they might not know how they managed to survive the fire.The koalas were being tracked by GPS tracking devices to learn more about their natural habitat, eating habits and food sources, and their general movements throughout the day.
In January, when a brushfire made its way through Stradbroke Island in Brisbane, the researchers expected their study to be over and the koalas be a victim of the fires. However, when they returned to the area once the smoke had cleared, they found their koalas safe and well.
With the help of the GPS tracking technology, we not only know that koalas are cute and cuddly. But they’re smart too. The scientists figured out that the koalas were astute enough to escape the fires by hiding out near a stream until the fires were out.
Dr. William Ellis, head researcher for the institute in Queensland, told reporters he doesn’t yet know if they have managed to develop important survival skills, or if it was just luck that when they attempted to escape, they managed to find refuge in the stream. He said,
“Obviously the koalas, even when they’re really close to where the fire is really hot, if they’re in the right place at the right time, they will survive.”
Koalas are a herbivorous marsupial animal that live in Australia, most closely related to wombats. They are typically found in the coastal area of Australia, such as Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, and Queensland as the koalas in this study are.
Most koalas live in the woodlands area, eating leaves of eucalyptus trees as their main food source. Due to the limited food sources, they are mostly sedentary and sleep approximately 20 hours a day.
Bonding of koalas, as researchers have figured out, only exists with the offspring and their mothers. Male koalas in their adult years typically communicate with loud sounds as to intimidate their rival adult male koalas, and attract the females.
Now that they have survived the brushfires, more data will be collected as the GPS tracking study continues. Ellis hopes to find out how they cope in natural disasters, surprise attacks, and adapt following these disasters in their natural habitats.
Due to the brushfire and now tracking the koalas afterwards, Ellis and his research team have an inside look into how exactly the koalas adapt following a natural disaster. It is rare and something they couldn’t have predicted.
“It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that koalas do know when danger is approaching and take precautions,” Ellis said.
Just like distribution and delivery businesses can benefit from incorporating GPS tracking into their business vehicles, seasonal businesses, such as lawn care services, pool-cleaning companies, and snow removal companies can too. In fact, these services may benefit more than other similar services.
Why is that? Because the window of time for these businesses to operate is so limited that every dollar must pull double duty.
Lawn Care Services
The landscaping services industry is estimated to become an $80.6 billion industry by 2015, according toLandscapeOnline.com. Most landscaping companies rely heavily on service routes that they work week after week in order to maintain lawns during the summer months. In states that have more months of summer-like weather, the seasons are longer, but most U.S. states have some sort of winter, where this industry is less widely utilized.
This means that saving money is as important as investing money into the business. GPS tracking for seasonal businesses allows your landscaping company to reap the rewards, such as
- Better route planning and dispatching
- Improved fuel efficiency
- Reduced labor costs
- Increased productivity
- Lower insurance rates
- And more
These savings, in and of themselves, are substantial. When you combine them, however, the savings are even more impressive.
Verification of services and time spent on the location is another big benefit to keep in mind if disputes should arise over billing practices. GPS fleet tracking backs up your business in these instances too — even providing documents you can present as evidence in court.
Snow Removal Services
Just like landscaping services, snow removal business owners must also work to maximize savings. While it’s generally obvious that snow removal services have performed their assigned duties, there are still times when issues over billing crops up. GPS tracking helps snow plow removal in ways that put client’s minds at rest — especially after busy snow removal seasons.
Snow removal companies face unique challenges as not everyone is on retainer. Some people only call in for services once the snow begins to fall. This leaves you with a bit of a logistical nightmare without GPS tracking capabilities. However, with GPS fleet tracking you can easily see where all your trucks are, pinpoint areas calling in for service as they come and schedule your drivers next destinations according to which is the most fuel efficient option.
Snow removal trucks are vulnerable to the whims of Mother Nature just as any other vehicles on the road. There are weather conditions when, despite the need for clear roads, it’s unsafe for these vehicles to be on the road. GPS tracking can help you track the weather along with your fleet movements so you can let your drivers know when it’s time to come in and wait for the worst of the storm to pass before getting back to work.
Seasonal businesses offer necessary services in a somewhat limited window of time. For this reason alone, they must find new and innovative ways to cut costs in a world where fuel and other operating expenses are on the rise. GPS tracking is a great tool for accomplishing this and so much more.