I Am Currently Away From the Office
An auto-responder that says, “I’m sunning myself on a pristine beach in Santorini and will have limited access to e-mail until Tuesday” might be an accurate reflection of your travel plans. It’s also going to make you look like an asshole.
New York magazine has a list of some of the worst kinds of vacation email auto-responders, and says if you must have one, it should simply say that you’re out of the office and will return on [x] date. Plus maybe another contact for emergencies.
I have never used a vacation email auto-responder! Probably because if I’m on vacation and have access to the Internet, I’ll probably be checking my email anyway — but probably not responding if it’s not urgent. There are also some people who are really good at writing very funny auto-responders but I am not one of them.
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