Educate Yourself (and Then Employees) About Data and Battery Drain
Of course, before employers can talk to their employees about the real numbers behind data and battery drain from GPS, they’ll need to do some research themselves.
“Every app is a little bit different,” says Nate McIntyre, QuickBooks Time senior mobile app developer. “It’s impossible to say ‘GPS tracking apps use X amount of data and battery life.’ That’s going to depend on the app itself and other external factors like availability of Wi-Fi and how mobile your workforce is. But, in general, you should be able to get a really good idea of how much data a GPS tracking app uses by using it yourself and talking to the app’s developers.”
In particular, make sure you’re comfortable showing employees how to check their battery and data usage (even the most tech-savvy employees may not know how to do this), since looking at real numbers is going to be the best reassurance to employees. Employers may also find these approaches helpful in addressing employee concerns.
1. Encourage employees to put GPS to the test
The GPS tracking survey reveals that experience matters. How? Employees who had used GPS previously ranked their concerns about workplace GPS tracking as much less than those who hadn’t (about 20 percent less!).
It’s only human to fear the unknown more than the known. It may be helpful to arrange an informal meeting where employees who have previous experience with workplace GPS tracking can answer questions for employees who haven’t used the technology.
2. Encourage employees to look at the numbers
Keep in mind that correlation doesn’t mean causation. If employees start noticing battery life draining or data going more quickly after GPS is introduced, look at the numbers before jumping to conclusions. Encourage employees to do the same by looking at battery usage by app on their phones.