Updated 15 Feb 2023, Published 12 Oct 2022
An employee GPS tracking app is a convenient digital tool that organizations can use to keep track of mobile employees’ real-time locations as they travel and/or work alone or in isolation. Deploying a tracking app can increase employee efficiency and safety while enabling organizations to better manage, monitor, and report on employee activities.
Free version: Available
Pricing: Premium plan $10/month (30-day free trial for unlimited users)
Platforms supported: Available on mobile app (iOS and Android) or a web-based software
Why use SHEQSY?
More than just a GPS employee tracking solution, SHEQSY by SafetyCulture helps organizations move from reactive to proactive lone worker safety. With SHEQSY, supervisors can monitor employees’ real-time locations while providing them with safeguards like panic alarms and automated welfare check-ins. Keeping track of important data – such as employees’ locations, location notes, safety audits, hazard reports, activities, hours worked, and mileage traveled – is easy with SHEQSY.
If your organization aims to safeguard its most vulnerable employees through location tracking while also increasing efficiencies, cutting costs, and keeping compliance with workplace health and safety regulations, then SHEQSY is the right choice.
Why use Hellotracks?
With Hellotracks, organizations can monitor and control staff members' work activities in the fields and assign jobs to the best-available team members with optimized routes.
AllGeo helps organizations automate their field service operations so they can integrate field data and events with office software and systems in real time.
Free version: None.
Pricing: Plans start at $5/user/month plus a Set-Up fee.
Platforms supported: iOS, Android, and online dashboard.
Why use StaySafe?
With StaySafe, supervisors can view employees' GPS locations in real-time; meanwhile, employees can easily check in or request assistance if an emergency occurs. The app offers a wide range of features, including a panic button, check-in, man-down, and duress alerts.
Pricing: Contact StaySafe for pricing.
Platforms supported: Smartphones and online Hub.
Why use Connecteam?
With Connecteam, manage, communicate with, and train your non-desk employees through a comprehensive app. It's easy to use, customize, and scale.
Free version: Available.
Pricing: Operations Basic plan starts at $29 per month for the first 30 users.
Platforms supported: Android, Apple, web-based app.
Why use Homebase?
Homebase is a solution for small businesses that want to take charge of their employees' work schedules, time clocks, payroll, HR, and more.
Pricing: Plans start at $20/location/month.
Platforms supported: iOS, Android, and website app.
Why use Timeero?
Organizations can track employee hours, mileage, and location with Timeero's GPS time tracking app.
Pricing: Standard plan starts at $5/user/month plus a $10/month company fee.
Platforms supported: iOS, Android, and online app.
Why use Ok Alone?
With Ok Alone, you can check in automatically with staff, no matter where they are. Ok Alone offers GPS location visibility and passes on missed check-ins and duress alerts to designated team members.
Pricing: Plans start at $5 or £4/person/month.
Platforms supported: iOS, Android, and cloud-based dashboard.
Why use Hourly?
Hourly blends GPS-enabled time tracking and payroll into one easy-to-use app.
Pricing: Gold plan starts at $40 base price/month, plus $6/person/month.
Why use TimeCamp?
TimeCamp enables organizations to track employee locations and hours while improving workflows, time management, communication, and collaboration.
Pricing: Basic plan starts at $6.30/user/month.
Platforms supported: Web, iOS, Android, desktop, and browser plugin.
When choosing the best GPS employee tracking app for your organization, make sure to look out for these top features and functionalities.
Personal privacy is a fundamental human right, and organizations should be careful not to overstep any legal or ethical boundaries. The best employee GPS tracking apps are employee-activated (or employee-enabled). This means that employees control when tracking is turned on (i.e., when their morning shift begins or when they leave the office to carry out a client visit) and when it is turned off (i.e., when the shift ends or they arrive back at the office).
Tracking employees only when they are actively working – and giving them the power to control their own data – helps employees feel more comfortable being tracked.
The ability to send emergency assistance to an employee’s exact location is arguably the best use case for employee tracking. Make sure to choose a tracking system that doubles as a lone worker safety solution. At the very least, it should include an emergency panic alarm so employees can call for help when they need it, no matter where they are.
What use is a GPS system that is hard-wired into a vehicle once the employee parks and leaves the vehicle? Employees must be able to bring the GPS system with them, on their person. This is only possible through mobile smartphone location tracking apps and handheld satellite devices.
Tracking systems that rely on cell towers/mobile phone coverage will not work in cellular “dead zones.” If your employees work in rural areas, the solution you choose should not be smartphone-only; you need a solution like SHEQSY that offers integrated handheld satellite lone worker devices, such as Garmin inReach® Mini and SPOT Gen4.
From keeping employees on-task to understanding job costing, time tracking is a useful feature to look out for. Many systems, such as SHEQSY, will begin GPS location tracking at the beginning of a shift or an activity. If the system offers payroll integration as well, time tracking can assist your accounting department in paying hourly employees and contractors.
The best employee GPS tracking apps come with advanced reporting capabilities, recording important data such as miles traveled between job sites, along a courier route, or from appointment to appointment – just to name a few examples. Mileage tracking is another important element in job costing.
Maddy is a content contributor for SafetyCulture. She has worked as a digital marketer and copywriter in the risk management industry for more than a decade. When she’s not writing for SafetyCulture, Maddy runs a popular travel and food blog and enjoys snowboarding, practicing yoga, hiking, and spending time exploring outdoors.