The common thread in the data from all four countries is the perceived versus actual value of workplace monitoring, regardless of where the surveys are done. To people who have never used GPS tracking before, the mere mention of workplace monitoring is generally ill-received, while the experience for those who have is much better.
Our data shows GPS tracking provokes a more pronounced reaction among those who have not used it at work. The majority of employees who have used GPS tracking at work do not share the same concerns. Almost two-thirds of them don’t mind sharing their location with their employers.
Mobile apps and in-vehicle devices were identified as the two primary tracking methods. As many as 1 in 4 of the respondents said they could not switch the GPS tracking device off.
According to PIPEDA, prior to implementing GPS tracking in the workplace, employers must:
Data from our survey suggests employees could have been subjected to illegal tracking without even realizing it. Employers are almost never privy to the employee’s private life or their whereabouts when they’re on breaks and off the clock.
There were generally positive takeaways about how GPS tracking can help improve administrative and operational efficiencies.
When asked if and when they would willingly turn on location services on their smart devices, the respondents gravitated towards similar preferences. Most are happy to use GPS tracking outside of work.