So you’re going away on holiday. The first thing you need to do is figure out your Out of Office messages as not to leave your co-workers in the lurch and not return to an inbox full of belligerent contacts wondering why you’re blanking them. You could keep it simple and concise, but where’s the fun in that?
Okay, fair enough, the range of seniority that will receive this message is vast so you’ve got to keep it professional. But Out of Office messages are usually received with malice so do your best to keep it friendly and comforting.
We can’t reiterate that they also need to contain all the pertinent information. Where are you, for how long, if it’s an emergency, next point of contact, yadda yadda yadda.
Now that the boring professional stuff is out of the way, check out our favourite out of office messages we’ve ever come across, courtesy of HubSpot!
1. The Interview
“I am currently out at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to get the position”
If honesty is your policy and you feel pretty confident about a) how much you don’t care about your job and b) that you’re going to get this other job – this is the out of office that does the job. It also lets your colleagues know that you might be moving soon!
2. The Harsh Truth
“It’s likely your note will be swallowed in a sea of inbox banality, never to be seen again. If you require a response, please re-send your email after xx/xx”
Don’t give out false hope. People who know they’re important to you will take this really well, others might not so much!
3. The Gamble
“I am currently out of the office. I have a cell phone, but I will not be giving the number out. If you can guess the number, however, I will take your call”
Imagine if you actually got a call from someone!
4. Sick Reference, Bro
“If you’re reading this, Doc Brown was unable to make lightening strike the clock tower, and I’m stuck in 1985. I won’t be able to respond to emails or voicemail until xx/xx, or until email is invented — whatever comes first”