Best Out-Of-Office Replies

From:
To:
Subject: Out of Office
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I am currently out of the office on vacation.

I know I’m supposed to say that I’ll have limited access to e-mail and won’t be able to respond until I return – but that’s not true. My blackberry will be with me and I can respond if I need to. And I recognize that I’ll probably need to interrupt my vacation from time to time to deal with something urgent.

That said, I promised my wife that I am going to try to disconnect, get away and enjoy our vacation as much as possible. So, I’m going to experiment with something new. I’m going to leave the decision in your hands:

  • If your e-mail truly is urgent and you need a response while I’m on vacation, please resend it to interruptyourvacation@15minuteinbox.com and I’ll try to respond to it promptly.
  • If you think someone else at our company might be able to help you, feel free to e-mail my assistant Fiona (fiona@15minuteinbox.com), and she’ll try to point you in the right direction.

Otherwise, I’ll respond when I return…

Warm regards,

Josh

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This reply was crafted by Josh Kopelman. Piper Weiss from Yahoo! Shine analyzed the reply:

“Let’s examine what Josh has done. First he has humanized the auto-reply robot message. Second he has implied that not only would you be interrupting his vacation if you reach out to him, but you’d also be upsetting his wife, which somehow feels much worse. Thirdly, he’s created an e-mail account that forces users to write the words “interrupt your vacation” in order to follow through with the disturbance, just in case someone has forgotten what they’re about to do.”

 

Here’s another example by one of our members.

My favorite out of office reply was from Don Sepa. He was marketing director at P&G. It went something like this:

From:
To:
Subject: Out of Office
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I am on vacation and will be back in office on January 12. On the 11th of January, I am going to delete all emails in my inbox. If any email you have sent is specifically relevant to me, please resend them on January 12th.

Take care, Don Sepa