I received the following automatic out of office reply the other day.
STOP: YOUR EMAIL HAS BEEN DELETED- Out of office until September 8th
1. What is this?
This is my VACATION and I am working hard ON BEING ON vacation. This is the best way I have of making sure my email does not ruin my vacation.
2. Why delete your email? Why not just read it all when you get back?
Good question. This is the only way I have found to truly disconnect. Otherwise, I will be thinking about email with an impending sense of doom…knowing I would need to slog through thousands of emails when I return.
3. Aren’t your worried you will miss out on something important?
I am terrified actually! But I have an amazing team who can probably do a better job than I would have done anyway.
-Research Program Manager: Aiesha.___@____.edu
-PREPARE Program Manager: Jana.______@____.edu
5. But I really need you to see this email!!
Consider re-emailing me on Sept 8th or email Aiesha (research) or Jana (PREPARE-related).
You can also send a delayed email.
Mac: the Send button on the desktop version has a drop down with a calendar function.
Feedback welcome (if you send it after Sept 8th)
(Borrowed from Rebecca, Gabe & Bob )
I have to say, I think this is brilliant. I have bragged in the past about replying to work email with the opening line being "Greetings from London," but in reading and replying to office email while on vacation in London, was I really on vacation, or just working remotely? Email and mobile phones have revolutionized our world, but they also allow work to invade our off hours. My work is not life or death, why do I treat it as such. I sincerely hope the next time I take a few days off, I have the guts to post this out of office message.
Do you think I will have the guts to post this? Would you?