Should businesses set teleworking targets?

Last year the government said that by 2020 around 12 per cent of its employees will be teleworkers. Given the multitude of benefits attached to teleworking, should Australian businesses do the same?

At the launch of National Teleworking Week in November last year, Prime Minister Julia Gilard committed the Australian Public Service (APS) to have 12 per cent of its employees regularly teleworking by 2020. Although that announcement made headlines around the country, the broader question went unasked: if the target is 12 per cent for government, what should the target be for business?


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