How is your Out of Office Message?
Writing your out of office message is often the last thing you do before going on holiday or going on a business trip. Even though you might be in a rush to leave, make sure you think about the following tips to ensure that you have an accurate, informative and professional message.
Keep your message short and simple
Nobody wants to read an essay about why you are away. Keep to the important facts and make it easy to read.
Make sure that your return date is correct
If you use the same message each time you are away, make sure you change the date. It sounds simple but I am sure that we have all read out of office messages that have the wrong date and know how useless it is.
Does “Out of the office until Monday” mean you will be back on Monday or Tuesday? To be really clear, write, “I will be back on Monday.”
Who to contact while you are away
If you give the name of a contact person who is standing in for you during your time away, remember to include their contact details, if this is appropriate. A name on its own creates more work for the person trying to contact you.
Use the Spell check
If you have spelling mistakes in your message it will look lazy and can create an unprofessional image of you and your company. Make sure you read through the message, spell check it and check the formatting is ok. If in doubt, send yourself an email after you have turned your out of office on. That way, you will see how your message will look to other people.
Turn it on/off
Don’t forget to turn it on! Also, remember to turn your out of office message off when you come back, it can be very confusing for people if you forget.
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