We won’t harp on about the year that was, because we know how it was and let’s just not talk about it anymore.
With the silly season and work shutdowns upon us, we thought we’d save you writing up a dull out-of-office message and let you steal one of ours.
Now is the time to disconnect, detox and dare not to go on your work emails on your time off.
From everyone at Business Chicks, we wish you a very merry whatever you celebrate (or don’t) at this time of year and look forward to a bigger and brighter 2022.
It’s my favorite time of year, which means I’m currently away from my inbox eating 25 days of my advent calendar in one sitting, stuffing my face with cookies, and attempting to fulfill my life-long goal of memorising every single line of [insert fav holiday movie]
I’ll be back in front of my computer on [date] and will respond to your message at that time. If you need immediate assistance, please send an email to [Contact Name] at [contact email] so that the other elves in this workshop can help you out.
I’m currently offline for the holidays—which means I’m busy either:
- Trying not to roll my eyes at this year’s new batch of corny holiday movies (which all seem to follow the same plot)
- Attempting to explain my career to my [relative] for the 800th time
- Getting buzzed on too many glasses of punch (hey, can you blame me?)
I’ll return on [date] or after I watch [favorite holiday movie] one too many times (whichever comes first)—and will respond to your message at that time.
If your request is urgent, there’s no use sitting idly in my inbox. So please send your request to [Contact Name] at [contact email].
This is an automated response, from a machine.
It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with.
It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear.
And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until it wishes you and yours a safe and happy holiday season.
[company] will be closed from [date] through [date].
I look forward to re-engaging with you and hitting the ground running in 2022.
Sorry if my out-of-office message gave you false hopes of my swift and enthusiastic response. I’m currently lazing on a beach, drinking midday cocktails. I won’t be replying to your email today
I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need
I don’t care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I just want time on my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is oooh a break from my damn emails!
I’m currently on leave for the holidays, which means I’m probably:
- Shopping like mad for last-minute Christmas gifts (every year! Why do I do this?)
- Eating all the food
- In a coma from eating all the food
- Dodging awkward questions from my most intrusive relatives (why don’t we talk about *your* love life, Aunty Kay?)
- A little bit tipsy from too much prosecco
I’ll be back on XX/XX/XX, but my inbox will probably be a nightmare. If your request is urgent, please email me again after that date (so your email is at the top of my to-read list) or get in touch with [Coworker’s name] at [Coworker’s email]