Rungway discussions

Is it possible to only check emails once a day?

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Christmas is around the corner and many cannot wait for some well-deserved time off to step away from the computer and recharge. But how many of us will be checking work emails now it’s so easily done on our smartphone? Too many is our prediction!

One Rungway user asked for people’s views on the idea of checking emails in one batch just once a day. There were very mixed reactions to such an idea – here is a selection:

  1. “It would probably mean I’m more productive the rest of the time, but I’m not sure how I would manage the stress and anxiety of knowing that I was about to hit an email tsunami.”
  2. “I love the idea and I plan to try it for a week. I also saw someone say it’s a good idea to add a footer in my email to say what time I’m checking them, so I’ll do that.”
  3. “I like the concept of not having the email distraction but the thought of waiting a day for a response could be frustrating.”
  4. “There are too many people who use email for urgent issues – this would not work at all!”
  5. “I suspect the volume of phone calls we would receive would increase – but would that be a bad thing?”

Sounds like email is far from being dead but many wish there was a better way. Rungway is a great way to get quick feedback on a new idea, so if there’s something on our mind, download the app and ask away!

Equal pay day – what you can do to support

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The 10th November 2016 is Equal Pay Day. This is because on the 10th November the average full-time female employee stops earning for the year, compared to the average full-time male employee. The pay gap is even wider when reviewing salaries of part-time workers and ethnic minorities.

Despite the Equal Pay Act which was put in place 45 years ago, women are still being paid less than men. In fact, accountancy firm Deloitte recently calculated that the gender pay gap in the UK will not close until 2069 based on current salary progression.

Not acceptable.

On the 10th November 2016 at 3:34pm, many women across the country will leave work early. The time has been carefully calculated as 18% early to highlight the 18.1% pay gap for full- and part-time female workers in the UK. This initiative is being led by Stylist Magazine and they invite companies to join them in this simple but symbolic gesture. The pay gap in other countries is different and walk-outs have already happened in France and Iceland this year.

Initiatives like these are great to raise awareness at a national level but we also want to call on you to help people on an individual basis. We often have questions from Rungway users on how to ask for a pay rise or how to deal with pay discrepancies in the organisation. By simply downloading Rungway and imparting your wealth of experience and insight, you can help with issues like equal pay.