An OOO (out of office) message can be the most awkward part of your work routine.
While we all love a good break and escaping our busy schedules, we don’t want to appear too keen. So we end up relying on an auto-generated OOO that’s impersonal at best and robotic at worst!
Time people got the message
Unchaining yourself from that desk is important! And in an age where lounging on a beach is no excuse not to answer e-mails, it’s time the over-worked peoples of the world found a better way to tell folk they’re out of the loop.
But how to strike that tricky balance between respecting clients and waving bye-bye? Here are 5 cool and fun ways to give your OOO’s a kick up the a**…
5. Steve’s trip to Italy
HubSpot have created a great solution for your auto-messaging needs. It’s called the Out Of Office Email Generator. The name pretty much speaks for itself
You can let out an ‘ooo’ with just a few clicks. Here’s an offbeat but amusing example I generated in seconds, imagining I was going to Italy for the week…
Ciao, I’ll be off for a while
If you’re reading this email, I thank you for coming this far. Now, I’d like to invite you to go a little further….
If you need to reach me, travel to Italy where I’ll be on vacation until 05/06/2019. There, on the highest peak, of the tallest mountain, you’ll find a small house with a red door. Open the door. Inside the house, you’ll meet a kind, old man who will give you a flower. When you understand that flower, you’ll know how to truly reach me.
For those of you not willing to take the journey, please wait until my return or email Basil at [email protected]
(In case you’re wondering, Basil isn’t a real person, so don’t try and e-mail him… he’ll only send an out of office reply anyway!)
4. Promoting yourself
The best way to combine business and pleasure? Leave an OOO that does some cheeky self-promotion, as well as allowing some breathing space for you.
Sorry not sorry
Yes, it’s one of those out-of-office auto-replies! I’m currently away until (insert date).
That doesn’t mean you have to twiddle your thumbs though. We both have the same goal – your success.
Here are some colleagues (insert names if you want) who will take care of you. They’ll cut through the waffle and get you to the good stuff before my imminent comeback.
3. Movie magic
Focusing in the workplace is, of course, important, but a good distraction can take the pressure off a stressful day. Why not give someone a chuckle with movie-style message…? See if you can guess this movie from the text below…
I’m going to need a bigger boat.
Not to catch a shark, but I may catch some rays! Yep, my (insert person here) is taking me on a much-deserved break.
Don’t worry, you’re still my chum (geddit?) and I’m hungry for those big business fish. Contact (insert) for any super urgent inquiries and I’ll be back soon!
Didn’t get it…? It was Steven Spielberg’s mega-hit Jaws of course! Jeez, now we feel old…
2. Put them in the picture
If you don’t feel comfortable pinging back an apologetic message in your absence, then why not try an image?