With the number of remote workers and mobile employees growing more than 11%/ year, a 103% increase from 2005 to 2014 according to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com , the quantity of software being developed to monitor attendance and productivity have likewise grown. In fact, they are now so many choosing the right one is becoming so dizzyingly impossible.
Worse, in the “Darwinian Ether World” where the lesser anything is pushed to oblivion, non-profitability and, possibly, eventual demise (such as: Friendster on social media, AOL and maybe Yahoo among search engines), the people behind the “new” software are always creating what they consider the “better one.”
And with the lure of becoming the next “Mark Zuckerberg” they come in droves. The result: bloated, more complicated, pricier software claiming to be the best.
To keep our sanity intact, we whittled down our list to the simplest, least expensive, GPS Employee Tracking applications that can do the job minus the unnecessary frills.
Here are our choices (Subscription rates are in their websites):
In addition to common functions of online applications for telecommuting, TSHEETS can track the movements of your employees and show you exactly where they are on the map in real time. Their app is compatible with iOS, Android and even with windows system. You can do scheduling directly in TSHEETS. No need to print employees schedules since they can check it using TSheets mobile app.
Reports can have GPS Time Stamp.
It has Geofencing capabilities that can send alert when you employees are leaving a certain area or when they are entering another.
The app has a feature that employees can use to ask for timesheet approval, text messaging, dial ins and even touch screen mobile web apps. A notification can be set to tell your manager who among the employees expected to report in certain locations did not click in (time in) for their shift. And of those who did, the app can send alerts if anyone is about to incur overtime.
When it is time to bill and prepare the payroll, TSheets can easily integrate with Quickbooks and other accounting software. It is capable of churning Project reports, payroll reports, job costing and the people behind this app claim that their server is up 99.99% of the time.
With just those four letters comprising its name, this app doesn’t seem to have a lot going for it. That is, until you decide to dig into it.
And that’s when you would be reminded that jumping hastily into conclusion is never a good idea. Timr is available on all platforms (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows). And that is one of its advantages over the competition. It can track its subjects whenever and wherever they may be – real time tracking– and they can do it online or offline using GPS – with results transmitted automatically.
They have a drive log that incorporates Work time and Project time and the app is so simple you do not need any training to use it. That, despite the fact that you can use the same app to customize the features needed by the company. It automatically create reports for all the billable hours without having to get details from some other data bank. Billing can be sent right away.
Timr, which is both a web application and a mobile app can be used as a centralized tool for management and administration. It harvests data on employees attendance, absences, vacations, time off, sick leave and it has no setup fee.
Uh, did anybody mention holidays and half days off? This app puts them into consideration too!
People behind this app are so confident about their product they don’t ask their clients to sign a contract. They said Timr’s features are enough make them stay after the 30 day trial period and to keep on paying the price which you will find at Timr pricing page.
This app does not only tell you where your people are at any given time. It can show you where they are, tell you how they got there, and at what cost to the company.
It gives you the location, how long they have been there, mileage, expenses and you can integrate these information to payroll and reimbursements. If you want more it can give youa reading of the odometer which you can compare to Google miles.
It has features that can tell you the status of any job and a way to provide further instructions that you can transfer to the workers mobile device eliminating the need for phone calls and paper based memos.
It sends an alert when an employee may have to incur overtime.
When you have trusted employees whose security and protection are among your primary concerns aside from productivity, this is the software and app that you might want to consider.
It can track your people anywhere in the world even indoors where GPS are unavailable or hardly functioning. It works with smartphones (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows, Iridium) without having to root them and it is compatible even with higher end wearables.
A smartphone that has Vismo installed sends its location to a central website using the phone’s data connection and it triggers a location fix from the device. With the software’s Geofencing capabilities it can send an alert via SMS when the employees it is tracking are about to enter an identified danger zone. On their part, employees can press a panic button that sends SMS and email alerts to the central website which is capable of finding them even in crisis situation.
These features work on locked or unlocked phones.
GPS & Fleet
GPS & Fleet is included in this list because it doesn’t just give you an idea of what your employees are doing, if you are in the delivery or trucking business, but the conditions of the vehicles they are using as well, and only for $265.00 or $279.00 per unit/ annually depending on your choice of contract. No monthly fees.
For that amount, you get a real time tracking system 24 hrs/day. You can get a 24 hour tracking history that include not just the time and places where your employees and vehicles had been but details like when they started or shut off the engine, speed of travel, distances covered, level of fuel, battery condition and they even color coded some of the details like where the vehicle parked or where the speeding took place and when.
Their system can send you Diagnostic alerts of the vehicles, Speeding alerts, Towing alerts and you can set 10 Geofences that can likewise trigger alerts.
An Indian company, TechnoPurple provides similar services but they charge $15.00 more per year.