I've been on the new DIAD for two months now. It's a little easier to use because it's smaller but at first it takes longer to type because they changed the letters around. And some of the letters and numbers are on the same keys. Once you work with it a while it's ok.
We're getting the new DIAD on Monday. They let us fool around with a couple of them today. Tiny little things. The only minor problem I see is the numbers and letters are the same keys. So when a barcode doesn't scan and you have to type the whole thing in it will be a pain in the butt to hit the toggle key back and forth to go from numbers to letters.
Are you off your route visiting your girlfriend? Are you lying to your sups when they ask where you are at? If you are being honest and ethical you have absolutely nothing to be concerned about, right?
It will aid emensely when they are assigning an OCA; we should be able to tell if a driver has already left the area. I can think of another handful of positive uses and I know nothing about how it will work yet.
If you worked in an office, or at a resturaunt, or for the cable company, shouldn't your boss be able to know where you are on company time? Of course. Don't be stupid or dishonest, and it will become a wonderful job aid. Try to approach it with a positive attitude.
speed: if you think EVERY driver is honest with UPS 100% of the time about where they are during the day, you are kidding yourself.
In my 25+ years, I've seen many drivers fired for going off their route to do various things, and all involved taking more time for lunch than allowed, running up miles, etc....
I agree that the GPS units will be a great thing. Just think, a customer can call about a delivery, and with the GPS and EDD, we can tell them an approximate delivery time based on where the driver is at that time. Very cool!
I won't go into details, because there are people in my center who know me in here, but please believe me when I say this: Not every driver is honest about where they are and what they are doing. If you want to get defensive about that I can send you some links to news stories, and some personal anicdotes if you like.
With the majority of your time spent out of view of your employer, it's more common among drivers than, say, dental hygenists.
Didn't mean to imply you, Speed, are dishonest. Settle down, Son....
Now a driver who gets an oca pickup at the end of the day can't tell the supe he's already on his way back to the building. I covered a pickup for the route next to me and saw the driver parked along the street, this is after responding to the office that he was on his way in. I guess the supervisor must have wondered how I got back to the barn before the other guy.
Dosn't matter if the DIAD has GPS if the driver dosn't look over and respond to the little green light, I get messages all the time to go help just before heading in, I just ignore the light till about 5 seconds before I punch out, OPPS!