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tracking employees

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by grsp, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. grsp

    grsp Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 89

    for the outfits that are 20+ trucks and/or equipment, how are you tracking employee production. for example, how many accounts and how long each account takes them to do for a particular time period. and i am not really interested in the pen and paper technique. i have looked into the pocketclock from jobclock.com. man they are proud of their software. so need some more ideas. thanks.
     
  2. snowman55

    snowman55 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,071

    had a long thread on this lest year. i have just come to accept that i need to run a plow from the office. guys call in arrival and departure and services provided and i enter it in a custom program that tracks what employee did what to what site and i can pull reports any way. allows me to have a complete understanding of how my routes are progressing and can allocate equipment much more effeciently
     
  3. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    I have portable GPS recorders in my trucks that work great. They record speed and location. I down load them at the end of the day to my lap top and can look at them on Google earth or their program. $200 each are sooooo worth it. They are from Past Track or Trak King. Not sure which one. Have use it several times to prove I was at a place. Saved my butt because you can't cheat it.
     
  4. Bruce'sEx

    Bruce'sEx Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    Not at the 20+ mark, but we do gps track salt trucks- time in/out salter on/off and can pinpoint current location anytime.

    We've been looking at th GPS recorders QuadPlower is talking about, sounds like a cheaper and effective way to know where plow trucks were for logging uses. Doesn't help if you want to know where they are at any given momment. Like he said, great for evidence of being somewhere when you were suppose to be.

    I know a couple larger companies that supply crews with cell phones, and use those for tracking
     
  5. bluerage94

    bluerage94 Senior Member
    Messages: 398

    I use a passive GPS... Tracking Key made by LandAirSea...About $99.
     
  6. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    Thats by far the easier and cheaper way to go. And you can also get ahold of them.
     
  7. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    There is no monthly fee with the GPS traking that I use unlike "most" cell phones with GPS.

    I didn't have time to look earlier, but mine is also by TracKing LandAirSea like bluerage has. I got the one with batteries, but would recommend the hard wired ones as I go through batteries about every 3 days.
     
  8. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    True, but with yours you cannot do active tracking. You wont be able to log in to a website and see where they all are at any given time. You have ot wait till after you download it from the truck to a computer.
     
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,857

    He mentioned that in his first post. As soon as you start talking active tracking, etc you talk big time monthly fees. I'd be happy with passive tracking.

    Quad, sounds decent. Thanks
     
  10. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    Well he never said anything about passive or active. So i thought i would throw it in.

    There are also quite a few normal gps units that will do this for you. I dont remember which ones, but a few seasons ago someone was talking about the handheld gps unit they had that tracked them. Even showed them going back and forth on the lots.
     
  11. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

  12. grsp

    grsp Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 89

    well guys thanks for the input on gps. that really wasn't where i was going with this post. i am looking for more of a pda system where employees can log the producitivity they did each night. then they can sync to the office computer and than reports can be made for each account. determine exactly how long a piece of equipment was where. like i said earlier, we have outgrown the pen and paper method. example the very expensive jobclock sytem.
     
  13. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    Even with a pda (paperless system) you are releying on the worker to enter the data.

    One day this summer, i put it on one of my mowers in a HOA. it showed every pass until the lot was mowed and moved on to the next one. it would work the same way with plowing a parking lot or a driveway.

    It is a passive system. I can't put it in the lap top and drive around and see my self on the screen. Those require a monthly service fee. I don't know where the truck has been until I down load it and look at the route on Google earth. But with a pda, or data sheet, you don't know where your truck has been until they give it to you and the end of the storm.