Want your colleagues to think of you with a smile next vacation? Here’s how
It is just the end of March and I, for one, can’t wait for the summer to be over! The only thing keeping me going is the thought of a good old summer vacation in a couple of months. A week or two in the mountains, drinking tea, reading a book, and not being the city dweller I am forced to be for the rest of the year — what’s not to love?
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I am sure a whole lot of you hard workers have a vacation planned this summer too. So we thought why not bring you a little more inspiration, this time to write epic out-of-office messages. A little humour can go a long way in ensuring your colleagues think of you with a smile when you are away, although if you are in client servicing, you might want to make sure your clients understand humour. The last thing you want is for a minor issue to blow up because you got too sassy for your own good! And always remember, Outlook allows you to set different out-of-office messages for your internal teams and external parties — make use of it!
Here are the top five examples of humour in out-of-office emails we found on the internet:
This guy who just couldn’t get a long leave
“I am away from the office right now. Unfortunately, I will be back tomorrow.”
Source: The Daily Mail UK
And this one, who truly believeshonesty is the best policy
“On vacation. Hoping to win the lottery and never return.”
Because who would, right?
Source: The Daily Mail UK
The guy who wanted to play a little treasure hunt before he made a sales pitch
“I am on vacation until 8/23/2016. If you need to reach me, travel to my home land of Florida. On the highest peak or the tallest mountain, you’ll find a rare flower. When you understand that flower, you’ll know how to reach me. Trust me. You’ll know.
If your message requires a response faster than that but can’t wait until I return, please message my manager…
If you want to make sure your message gets a response ASAP when I return, please send it again on 8/23. I recommend using one of our free sales tools to schedule it now, while you’re thinking about it.”
Find me on Twitter but not before realising what you’re doing!
A lot of people have become rather honest about the fact that they will most certainly check Twitter but not office mails when they are away. So in recent months, a new trend has emerged the #InterruptMyVacation hashtag.
We found several out-of-office examples on the internet that asked senders to tweet them using the above hashtag if the matter were really that urgent. I am sure anyone would think long and hard before asking someone to interrupt his or her vacation for a matter that is just not urgent enough. So this is a very, very smart move.
This guy, who covered all bases
We found a particularly honest, exhaustive, and yet funny out-of-office message that makes no bones about admitting that we all deliberately skip or inadvertently miss some emails when we get back from vacation and 47,234 emails welcome us with smirks. And if that is not all, the message makes room for important people who might just need to reach them!
“I’m out of the office from 11/11 to 11/17, and I will not be checking email. 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 resend your email after 11/18. For urgent editorial issues, please contact the channel or features editor responsible for that content. If you are Barack Obama, text me, bro. We need to talk.”
Source: LiveChat Inc
We hope that gives you some ideas on being sassy this summer. Happy holidays!