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Are your profits melting away in the moonlight?

Moonlighting, a worker taking a second job to make ends meet, is with us as a part of our economic life.  The days of Ward and June providing a good living for the family on one income are forty years passed and probably gone forever.  The seventies brought us two family incomes and now, today, five percent of all Americans moonlight to make ends meet.  It is ironic that when the economy gets tight enough that a family needs a third income to make ends meet, people become less concerned with using their company’s assets for personal gain.  Employees who moonlight create a problem for many companies, particularly those involved in the trades.  There are many strategies for defending one’s self against moonlighting becoming an expense burden for the primary company, but one of the most effective is to use GPS tracking of assets. UTS can help you cut those unnecessary expenses.

Moonlighting doesn’t have to be a problem for a company, but it often is.

The problem of moonlighting creates an increasing financial assault on your company.  Knowing where your vehicle and time assets are being used helps a company keep its own expenses in line.  According to the United States Department of Labor, about 7 to 8 million of us (a little over 5% of American workers) hold multiple jobs.  That number appears to be increasing yearly since 2001.  Between the ages of 25 and 45, over 53% of all employees hold multiple jobs.  People who moonlight come from just about every walk of life.  Particularly companies involved in the trades and route work are greatly impacted.  Over recent years, possibly due in part to companies cutting back on full-time staff and possibly due in part to individuals wanting to be more economically independent, our workforce has increased in the number of us who act more like private contractors while decreasing in the number of long-term, full-time employees.  In all cases, a private contractor will be working from a slightly different agenda than is the company.  So, the question is, how does a company get its employees to watch-out for the company’s best interests in use of assets and cutting expenses?  If you want to watch out for your company’s investments and expenses, then you must watch-out for the behavior of the employees, as well.

Just exactly how does moonlighting affect a company’s bottom line?

Most companies have some kind of policy for moonlighting.  If you don’t, you should look into it.  To avoid your time and materials being used in a competitive situation, most companies do not object to an employee moonlighting if it is disclosed up front and clearly non-competitive.  In that way, at least a company has the ability to see if the moonlighting is directly counterproductive to the company’s efforts.  If moonlighting is not kept separate from company activities, at the very least it will affect the bottom line.  First and foremost of those expenses are the vehicle expenses.  The cost of ownership and maintenance of a fleet is rapidly increasing.  Unauthorized use for moonlighting—even for about an hour per day--can add another 15% increase to your acquisition and maintenance expenses.  Secondly, the cost of fuel has been soaring over the past few years and that is expected to continue.  Moonlighting can cost you up to an additional 25% on your fuel expenses and that, at the present cost of fuel, can have a devastating effect on the company’s bottom line.  Thirdly, the loss of employee time means you are paying for someone else’s use of your employee’s time and getting no productivity from it while the employee spends time off the job running errands or carrying out tasks for someone else’s benefit—possibly even a competitor.  More than just lost time, if you calculate the expenses of the vehicle and other benefits for which your company pays, you could find that the real cost may be as much as three times the salary of the individual.  Make no mistake: it is a real problem.

How does a GPS tracking system help?

A Global Position Satellite (GPS) fleet management system from UTS can help in all these areas.  The tracking is real-time and you also have the ability to program alerts if the vehicle’s activity is outside parameters that you set.  For example, if the vehicle is used after hours or outside a designated territory, an alert can be sent by the system to your text messaging or email notifying you of the use outside the set parameters.  GPS fleet tracking by UTS can also alert you to rapid, gas-guzzling starts, too much idle time, unnecessary high-speed driving and many other parameters.  In short, as a fleet manager, you can assess the utilization of each vehicle to make sure your drivers are doing what they are supposed to do and when they are supposed to do it.

How GPS tracking works

Using signals from multiple satellites in space, a GPS fleet management system by UTS can pinpoint the location and movement of any vehicle, anywhere.  Feeding that data through a computer program allows you to know the movements of that vehicle through time and territory. 

In addition to eliminating moonlighting infractions against your company, a GPS fleet management system by UTS can help you:

  • Increase productivity
  • Reduce overtime
  • Save on fuel and maintenance
  • Monitor speed
  • Report start and stop activity
  • Real-time location
  • Historical route tracking
  • Reduce insurance premiums
  • and many, many more profit-enhancing measurements.

Unfortunately, a segment of Americans will always find it necessary to work multiple jobs in order to sustain a standard of living that they have chosen for themselves.  Many Americans just do not know how to live within their means.  The risk that brings is that they may incorporate some of your assets—time and equipment—in providing for their means.  From that, you need to protect yourself.

Greater productivity needs not cost any more. For details on how, call us toll-free at 1-877-279-8877 or contact us online.

 


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