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There are few feelings in life better than walking out of the office before a vacation. When it comes to good work-feels, it's really only behind receiving and depositing checks.
And following closely behind walking out that door, the third most satisfying work to-do involves setting your out-of-office auto-reply email message. Although many lawyers struggle to fully disconnect, or unplug, especially when it comes to email, one sure fire way to help ensure the plug stays pulled is by using a really good out-of-office message that gets a recipient's attention.
Below are the top five out of office email autoresponders that might make you want to up your email game.
1. Your Email Will Be Deleted
Setting up an auto-responder explaining that every email received will be deleted is probably a pipe dream for any of us that practice, or get potential client emails, but if you're in house, or have some perfect-world set up, you could do this:
#Holiday tip:-- Liora Kern (@liorakern) August 17, 2018
1. In your Out of Office message tell people you are off and ask them to resend their e-mails after your holiday if needed.
2. Delete all #emails received during your absence.
This is a perfect filter.
Enjoy your vacation! ????? #timeforabreak https://t.co/F6cU0EJn9i
Best out of office reply ever:-- Simon H Gray RN BSc ???????????????????????????? (@simonhgray) August 4, 2018
"I am on annual leave until dd/mm/yy. I will allow each sender one email and if you send me multiple emails, I will randomly delete your emails until there is only one remaining. Choose wisely. Please note that you have already sent me one email."
2. Tell Everyone Everything, and Have Some Fun With It
3. The Humble Brag With Photo
Actual email I just got from a colleague who is about to head OOO:"Hi all, while you poor souls slave away in the bowels of a giant pile of concrete, I'll be somewhere at the end of this path next week." My colleagues are the best. (?) #FridayFeeling #FOMO #PostedWPermission pic.twitter.com/qO8GENjAlx-- Sara Jiang, MD (@Sara_Jiang) June 8, 2018
4. The Not All the Way Gone
Best OOO message I've seen:-- Sharon Varney (@DrSharonVarney) May 3, 2018
'I am having an out of office experience that involves a bit of work and a bit of holiday. I will be checking emails, but not so often as to spoil the experience :-) ' #outofoffice
5. Be Accurate, But Avoid Detailed Descriptions of Medical Symptoms
@Sathnam in response to your piece today on OOO emails. I offer you evidence of the worst (best?) one i've ever received. Redacted to protect, well, everyone. https://t.co/kRNasIJCDn pic.twitter.com/NeMZgR5Rs5-- Nick Varney (@nickvarney) August 24, 2018
Okay ... so this last one probably isn't a good model to follow, especially as it doesn't provide a return date. But it does provide an alternative contact, so hopefully you get the idea.
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