GPS time tracker

Quickly and easily see where your employees are with a time clock app that tracks employees’ locations.

Man sitting at desk using employee gps tracking software on desktop.

The benefits of employee GPS tracking

  • Increased efficiency
    Coordinate workers throughout the day with a bird’s-eye view of who’s working.
  • Powerful information
    Access location data with employee time cards to see where the most work is happening.
  • Save battery life, data
    TSheets won’t drain your phone’s battery and requires no more data than the average social media app.
  • Dependable
    Call or chat with a TSheets rep free to get help setting up GPS tracking, troubleshooting, and more.

Track your employees on the job and collect real-time data

No need to drive from job site to job site to see how your teams are doing. GPS capabilities help coordinate your workforce out in the field. Employee tracking puts workers’ locations on the map when they clock in, and maps are updated throughout the day. Allocate labor resources where they’re most needed with better visibility into your workforce.

TSheets web app gps and geofencing data points
TSheets web app gps and geofencing data points
TSheets web app gps and geofencing data points

Employees get GPS

From an employee perspective, location technology is part of modern life. GPS tracking is so commonplace today that in a 2018 survey of U.S. employees, almost a third said they’ve already experienced the tech in the workplace. And many in that group say they’re comfortable with the tech, seeing that employers have implemented it to increase safety, accountability, and efficiency.**

78% of employees are comfortable with GPS tracking at work.
78% of employees are comfortable with GPS tracking at work.
78% of employees are comfortable with GPS tracking at work.

Who uses TSheets for GPS time tracking

Thousands of businesses around the world choose TSheets GPS time tracking for their mobile workforce. Millions of employees clock in and out each day using the TSheets mobile app. GPS time tracking is a great fit for:

  • Remote workers and mobile employees
  • Construction workers and landscapers
  • Service-based businesses
  • Businesses with employees in multiple locations
Female construction worker in the field.
Female construction worker in the field.
Female construction worker in the field.

Why TSheets for GPS time tracking

TSheets has over 20,000 five-star reviews, making it the top-rated time tracking app on G2Crowd, Software Advice, and GetApp. The TSheets time tracking app with GPS is used by over 1 million employees around the world. They’re tracking time on location and submitting accurate-to-the-second timesheets for payroll. No matter where or how you work, TSheets works for you.

Mobile GPS app.
Mobile GPS app.
Mobile GPS app.

Time is money.
Make the most of both!

Businesses that use TSheets for time tracking report an average 5% reduction in payroll costs.*

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Frequently asked questions

Time tracking is better with geofencing

  • Easy clock in
    Employees receive push notifications to clock in or out when they enter or exit a geofence.
  • Accurate time tracking
    Time data better reflects the moment an employee arrives at an assigned job site.
  • Fewer timesheet edits
    With little left up to guesstimation, last-minute timesheet changes become less common.

Geofencing at a glance

Project-based businesses, like construction and landscaping companies, can use geofencing to more accurately track time and reduce timesheet errors. Time tracking with geofencing places a virtual fence around a physical location.

When employees enter or leave a job site, the TSheets app will send them a reminder to clock in or out. It can even suggest job codes associated with the location. This way, it’s less likely people will clock in before they arrive and clock out long after they’ve left for the day.

Geofencing creates an overall easier experience for mobile employees and managers. Plus, TSheets Geofencing is optional and does not require any additional hardware or training.

geofencing at a glance
geofencing at a glance
geofencing at a glance

Frequently asked questions

Complete employee visibility

  • Fewer phone calls
    Find out who’s on the clock without pulling anyone away from work—including yourself.
  • Better planning
    When you know who’s working and where, you can easily allocate valuable labor resources.
  • Instant insight
    The “Who’s Working” window updates your team’s jobs and locations in real time.

See which employees are working and where

Managers use employee location data to strategize remotely, using the “Who’s Working” window. The TSheets GPS time clock collects employee locations throughout the day and whenever employees clock in, change job codes, or add notes to their timesheets. See up-to-date info on employee locations and jobs for better workforce coordination.

Admin looking at a who's working window with map on desktop.
Admin looking at a who's working window with map on desktop.
Admin looking at a who's working window with map on desktop.

Frequently asked questions

The surprising employee benefits of GPS tracking

GPS tracking: motivation or invasion of privacy?

GPS tracking is part of everyday life. We use it to navigate uncharted (or charted, for the directionally challenged) territory, tag our locations, and even locate missing pets. Not to mention, plenty of professions use the tool to boost efficiency, accountability, and safety. 
Despite its common and useful occurrence in today’s world, GPS tracking still seems to hold a stigma in the workplace. But a recent survey found that employees are more open to using GPS in the workplace, especially if it has monetary benefits.* 
What’s more, if companies are upfront about their GPS policies, there’s usually little resistance to the practice. The study found that a company’s public image may even benefit from GPS tracking. Of course, with everything, there are caveats.

57% of employees say they use GPS tracking at work

GPS tracking is no stranger to the workplace. More than half (57%) of the surveyed employees said their employer uses GPS tracking. Perhaps a technical nod to generational divides, 71% of respondents aged 18-38 years use GPS at work. Just 42% of employees 39 and over said they use it at work.
Unsurprisingly, 90% of those working in the gig economy—think rideshare services—use GPS on the job. Project-based industries or those with remote workforces also seem to have a higher use for GPS technology. Of the 75% of blue-collar workers who use location-based technology at work, 77% of them are in construction.
90 percent of gig economy workers use GPS on the job.
90 percent of gig economy workers use GPS on the job.
90 percent of gig economy workers use GPS on the job.

7 in 10 GPS users say it’s mandatory at work

For the majority of employees who use GPS tracking (70%), it’s mandatory when they travel outside the office for work. But just 29% said their employer uses GPS to monitor their whereabouts at all times. Instead, employers use it to monitor mileage, increase on-the-job safety, optimize routes, manage expenses, and even enforce the rules of the road.
Gig economy workers report using GPS for mileage monitoring more than other groups. But plenty of other companies are using the location technology to build efficiencies in their businesses. 27% say their company uses GPS to coordinate employee jobs based on location. Another 22% say employers use it to simplify communication. 20% said it’s to make schedules for new calls or appointments. 19% say employers use it to set up areas of coverage.
Top 5 reasons employees say their employers use GPS on the job
Top 5 reasons employees say their employers use GPS on the job
Top 5 reasons employees say their employers use GPS on the job

53% of workers would take a job if GPS could ensure accurate pay

It’s clear that GPS tracking offers plenty of employer benefits, but it can prove valuable to employees, too. 30% of surveyed workers credit GPS tracking for helping them get a more accurate paycheck. More employees working in the gig economy say that GPS tracking gets them more accurate paychecks. 
And 53% say they’d take a job with GPS tracking if it could ensure more accurate paychecks. 
Some employees believe GPS tracking highlights their efforts and helps advance their careers. Three in 10 surveyed said GPS allows their employers to see how hard they work. 16% credit the technology for getting them a raise. 35% of workers said, if managers used GPS tracking in promotion decisions, they’d be more inclined to take a new job.
30 percent get a more accurate paycheck
30 percent get a more accurate paycheck
30 percent get a more accurate paycheck

About 24% of employees say GPS motivates them at work

There’s a fine line between monitoring and micromanaging. 25% of employees admitted that GPS allows them to complete their tasks more efficiently. And 24% said the tech motivates them to do their best work.
But 20% feel the stress of the watchful eye of GPS and watch the clock constantly because of it. 12% report working harder and longer due to GPS without any real ROI, and 11% think GPS makes work downright unenjoyable. But perhaps that’s why some businesses are using the technology. 13% of employees said business owners are laying off other employees for being unproductive as a direct result of GPS tracking.
Employee results of using GPS in the workplace
Employee results of using GPS in the workplace
Employee results of using GPS in the workplace

65% of employees have a positive perception of companies that use GPS

Despite the stigma, generally, employees see GPS in a positive light. 65% said they have a positive perception of companies that use GPS tracking for their employees. Half of them see the companies as smart, while 33% classify them as innovative. 
But there are some negative feelings associated with GPS-loving companies. 28% of surveyed employees classify these companies as untrustworthy, 23% call them deceptive, and 19% say they’re toxic.
Of those who use GPS at work, the 18-38 age group and gig workers view the technology in a more positive light than others.
Perceptions of companies that use GPS
Perceptions of companies that use GPS
Perceptions of companies that use GPS

Most employees are OK with GPS tracking—with company property

Even though there are plenty of GPS benefits for employees, there’s still a right (and wrong) way to use GPS at work. For one, using company property seems to be a way to win over employees. 81% are comfortable with GPS tracking so long as it’s through a company-owned device or vehicle. But when forced to use GPS for work on personal property, that number drops to 66%.
For many employees, fears about using GPS—whether through company or personal property—relate to privacy directly. Among those with concerns, 60% worry their data or information could be shared. 31% fear colleagues will see their data. Another 38% worry it’ll be shared outside the company.

But the majority of employees trust their employers only track the information they need. Just 15% are concerned about employers using GPS to collect personal information.
4 in 5 employees feel comfortable with gps tracking on a company device or vehicle.
4 in 5 employees feel comfortable with gps tracking on a company device or vehicle.
4 in 5 employees feel comfortable with gps tracking on a company device or vehicle.

Honesty and transparency make all the difference

When it comes to GPS tracking, it appears that honesty is the best policy. Nearly 50% of employees said they would be more likely to take a job if employers explained GPS tracking to them in detail. 47% of employees using the technology said someone informed them of the GPS tracking requirement before their first day. Among them, 29%  got the heads up during their interview process and or once they accepted the job.
But 27% didn’t find out about the GPS requirement until they were on the job. 6% of them didn’t find out until they went out into the field.
Most employees, however, gave consent to their employers to use GPS. 91% recall giving consent to their employers in some way or another: consent form, email, offer letter, or even verbally. And 95% of employees who use GPS know exactly when the technology is monitoring them.
95 percent of employees who use gps on the job know when they are being monitored.
95 percent of employees who use gps on the job know when they are being monitored.
95 percent of employees who use gps on the job know when they are being monitored.

69% of employees think GPS in the workplace will increase in 5 years

Employees who use GPS today have some big predictions for its future. A majority believe that its presence will be even more common in the near future. 69% think the number of companies using the tracking system will increase. 56% think customers and clients will expect GPS tracking in the next five years. And those who don’t currently use GPS tracking are more likely to think its usage will increase.
But with more usage comes more laws and compliance standards. 61% expect lawmakers to enact more privacy laws about employer use of GPS tracking in the next five years. Another 56% believe there will be an uptick in laws mandating GPS use in certain industries.
There’s hope, too, that the future of GPS also means better protection of personal privacy. 52% think future improvements will keep personal data safe while they use GPS tracking. 44% of employees reflect that optimism, thinking workers will provide their employers with GPS tracking information voluntarily.
44 percent of employees think workers will provide employers with gps tracking information voluntarily in the next five years.
44 percent of employees think workers will provide employers with gps tracking information voluntarily in the next five years.
44 percent of employees think workers will provide employers with gps tracking information voluntarily in the next five years.

Employees hope GPS will improve work commutes

As they predict a GPS-heavy future, employees are also hopeful for new ways to use the technology on the job. 48% of employees are looking for GPS systems to provide detailed information about where they’re traveling automatically. 31% are looking to simplify their lives with an integrated augmented reality feature, showing a 2-D/3-D map while they’re on the road. And 29% would love to see GPS systems used to guide self-driving cars, so they can work on the go. A hopeful 38% would like GPS to eliminate the need to go into an office.
Whatever the future holds for GPS in the workplace, employers can glean a few useful things from the survey. Being upfront about GPS policies and keeping tracking confined to company-owned property can make all the difference in gaining employees’ trust.
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GPS survey results
GPS survey results
GPS survey results

*Methodology: TSheets by QuickBooks commissioned Kelton Global to survey 1,140 Americans, aged 18 and over, working in the following industries: construction, landscaping, medical and healthcare, technology and technical service, facility management, professional services, restoration, security and alarm systems, service industries, or the gig economy. Kelton Global conducted the survey online in October 2019. The survey has a margin of error of ±2.9%. TSheets paid for the survey and welcomes the re-use of this data under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original source is cited with attribution to “TSheets by QuickBooks.”

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*TSheets surveyed 4,906 customers in the U.S. in December 2019. On average, among the businesses that report gross payroll costs savings, save an average of 5.14%.**In July 2018, TSheets surveyed 1,585 employees in the US to learn more about their experience with GPS tracking in the workplace.