If your GPS tracking system helped you take on more work each week – and if overtime could be reduced by several hours – what would your return per employee be?
With many vehicles, drivers, and sites to manage in the planning and construction industry, a popular tool for improving workforce productivity is GPS tracking. But what makes a good tracking system? The right tracking system will not only tell you where your vehicles are, it will provide information that is directly relevant to your business operations. It will help you manage and allocate your vehicles, improve productivity and keep your employees safe.
The following points will help you choose a robust GPS tracking system with the most valuable and relevant reporting capabilities.
What reports do I need to improve productivity and operating costs?
A tracking system that produces accurate timesheets, coupled with late arrival on site and early departure alerts, will reduce undue overtime requests and ensure your customers are billed for the correct working hours. This preview not only validates hours worked, but also allows you to intelligently bid on new projects. If the tracking system offers APIs, you can feed all of these valuable reports into your own business systems, including payroll, allowing employees to focus on their work, not the paperwork.
“It’s great for us because we have removed the timesheets. Our employees don’t need to deal with the paperwork; we use the daily email reports to record their hours on site and calculate wages from that. The system definitely saves us money, ”says Pauline Brett, Office Manager at Ellenby Construction.
The data should be accessible by any team, with the ability to explore individuals or groups of drivers and create custom reports. In the construction industry, managers are often away from the office, so it also helps if reports are also accessible via email and on a mobile device.
What reports can identify the actions needed to reduce fuel costs?
To help your drivers become more fuel efficient, you need to know how your vehicles are driven. Mileage and fuel consumption reports are important in assessing the energy efficiency of your fleet. Geolocation alerts to report unauthorized trips and unjustified use of company fuel will help you reduce those costs, along with reports that assess daily routes, driving styles, and acceleration and speed metrics. braking. Helping a driver improve their driving style can significantly reduce fuel costs; Maintaining a good driving score has been shown to reduce fuel consumption by up to 25% (Frost and Sullivan 2015).
What other fleet information can help reduce costly overheads?
Real-time vehicle usage reports ensure fewer vehicles are broken down and reduce unnecessary costs. Keeping your fleet on the road will increase your ability to complete your projects. Some tracking systems will allow you to set up MOT, service and maintenance reminders of the vehicle, ensuring that any downtime of the vehicle can be planned effectively.
A good tracking system will help you plan, respond and validate, as Matt O’Conner, Managing Director of John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance describes: “Vehicle tracking allows you to take control of your fleet, improve operational efficiency and manage costs, safety and time. “
One feature to watch out for is the ability to identify your vehicle closest to a zip code, so you can better handle urgent requests in real time.
How will a GPS tracking system help my drivers and improve their safety?
Planning and construction contracts are competitive, and keeping operating costs low and ensuring competitive quotes are essential to help your business grow. The conduct and safety of your organization’s drivers on the roads is also a critical aspect of your brand’s reputation. Share these motivations with your employees and encourage them to embrace GPS tracking.
A system that produces driving style rankings and scores can serve as the basis for incentive programs, for example for exemplary driving behavior, most improved driving style or most work done on time. Drivers can sometimes have access to their own tracking data and driving scores through a system’s mobile app. This can provide useful information about their daily commute, allowing them to take control of their own progress.
If your employees are traveling long distances to get to work, a system that details the length and duration of trips will help ensure that staff get enough rest. With the safeguard of a good monitoring system, your teams will also be well covered in the event of false statements about their conduct or their punctuality on site.
How to justify the investment in GPS tracking?
With Quartix vehicle tracking, short-term, rolling contracts give you maximum flexibility – if your vehicle count changes, you’re not tied for several years. If you have a fleet of over 40 vehicles, special rates and longer term contracts are also an option. To put the potential savings into perspective, ask yourself, “If a GPS system helped my business take on more work each week, and overtime could be reduced by several hours, what would the return per employee be?” It’s not hard to see how a small monthly payment can lead to a large return per driver. If you then focus on driving styles and eliminate private use to reduce fuel consumption by, say, 70 liters per month… we’ll let you do the math.
To find out how Quartix can help your construction business, visit www.quartix.net, email [email protected] or call 01686 807 607.
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