The only constant in life is change. We all know that, and one of the biggest drivers of change these days is advances in technology. Henry Ford’s creation of an assembly line for cars was a giant step forwards in terms of industrial manufacturing. The internet began as a military application, but once it was released into the public sphere, it changed the professional landscape. GPS tracking solutions are no different.
That being said, if you’re considering deploying a fleet that’s GPS based, some of your employees might be less than impressed. They could view it as a “Big Brother” intrusion, or they might feel that you’re implying they are less than trustworthy. An effective manager never rams change down the throats of his staff. Instead, we’re going to share a few helpful tips you can use to get your people on board and excited for change.
- When people ask why you want to change the way things have always been done, gently remind them that some of the old ways aren’t so great. GPS eliminates an enormous amount of annoying paperwork, removes the necessity of lugging around a log book to every job, and eliminates the usage of physical maps that eventually become out of date.
- Over time, making the shift to a GPS-deployed fleet will save your company money. A lot of it. Perhaps some of the financial savings can be distributed to employees in the form of performance bonuses for safe driving or improved efficiency. If your people know that increased efficiency can directly benefit their personal bottom line along with the company’s, the vast majority will eagerly do their part.
- In virtually every company, rumors spread like wildfire. If you consider that, along with the fact that our country is nowhere near as economically secure for workers as it used to be, a major change can be viewed as a precursor for salary reductions, layoffs, and other bad news. Don’t just install GPS and expect your people to fall in line without complaint. Instead, let them know early on the thought process behind the change and why it’s actually beneficial.
- Speaking of communication, you’ll also want to clearly explain how GPS works and what it does. There will always be some people that don’t like or understand technology, and some of them just might work for you. If you can clear away the mystery of GPS and portray it as just another tool to use professionally, you can remove much of the anxiety.
- Invariably, when something changes in the workplace, some people will take it personally. You might have employees resenting having a “mobile boss” with them at all times, while others might get nervous and fear they are being targeted. Put them at ease and remind them that GPS is used to efficiently distribute work and get from job to job in the quickest way possible.
In the professional world, it’s not always easy to embrace change. But when management can present changing circumstances as having positive aspects for both employees and the company as a whole, you’ll find that most people adapt faster and view change as positive.