It doesn’t matter if you’re heading to the Bahamas for two weeks (we can only dream at this stage) or just going camping for a long weekend, there is nothing more satisfying than setting your out of office email.
So, don’t just settle for the same old boring automated responses. Try one of our fun templates instead.
1. For the traditionalist
We’re not saying you’re boring but you do work in a fairly serious corporate environment. As a result, your out of office needs to be quite to the point but you also like to throw in a little pitch too, you cheeky sod.
I will be out of the office from [start date] until [end date].
If you need immediate assistance during my absence, please contact [contact’s name] at [contact’s email address]. Otherwise, I will respond to your emails as soon as possible when I return.
Or, if you’d just like to find out more about our amazing services then all you have to do is head over to our website.
2. For the Covid joker
Are you the office prankster? Are you also taking some time off to relax during lockdown? Everyone loves a cheeky out of office response. We’re big fans of the example below. You’ll have your whole office in hysterics.
I’m out of the office on annual leave which means I am currently:
A. Out for yet another walk
B. Sitting on my couch
C. Eating my weight in baked goods (hey, can you blame me?)
I’ll be back in the office on [end date] or after I’ve perfected my banana bread (whichever comes first)—and will respond to your message then.
If your request is urgent, don’t sit around. Send your request to [contact’s name] at [contact’s email].
3. For the person completely checking out
Bon voyage! You’re going on your holidays and you’re completely leaving the office behind. This is the perfect auto-response if you won’t be checking your emails the entire trip.
Thanks for your email. Right now I am camping in the countryside with my family which means I will be completely switching off from all technology for a few days (gasp!).
To make sure your email doesn’t get lost in a sea of messages please resend it on September 20th. If your message is urgent you can contact [contact’s name] on [contact’s email].
Until then I’m off to be one with nature,
4. For the fact-checker
Are you always entertaining your colleagues with useless facts? That doesn’t need to stop just because you’re going on holidays.
I am currently out of office on annual leave. I’ll get back to you straight away when I return on [end date]. If it’s urgent you can contact [contact’s name] on (contact’s email).
If it’s not important and you’re just a little bit bored then you can amuse yourself with these fun facts until I return.
- When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red.
- Bananas are curved because they grow towards the sun.
- There are approximately 100,000 hairs on a human head.
- You can buy eel flavoured ice cream in Japan.
- A group of jellyfish is called a smack.
That should keep you occupied.
5. For the animal lover
Listen, who doesn’t love a little furry animal friend? If you want to put a smile on your colleague’s face then why not include a cute little GIF or photograph of some adorable animals. Go on, brighten their day.
I hate to break it to you, but I’m on annual leave until [end date] and will have limited access to my emails until then.
If the thought of me sight-seeing in Lisbon is making you feel a little blue here is a cat GIF to cheer you up.
Have a good week.