It’s the end of summer, which means our inboxes are filled with the out-of-office replies from all those lucky folks on vacation while we’re still stuck at work. In the face of this, New York Magazine has listed the worst offenders of the vacation-reply list:
1. The Location-Brag : An auto-responder that says, “I’m sunning myself on a pristine beach in Santorini and will have limited access to e-mail until Tuesday” might be an accurate reflection of your travel plans. It’s also going to make you look like an asshole.
2. The Seniority Show-off : On a similar note, please do not conclude your away message by reminding others of the power you wield at work. (“If you need immediate assistance, please contact my executive assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org, or my associate executive assistant at email@example.com, or my executive assistant’s executive assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org.”) We get it — you’re rich.
3. The Overly Complicated Reply Process : If your auto-responder includes more than two ways to get in touch with you in an emergency, you’re doing it wrong. By the time you get to “If your message is urgent, contact me through awayfind.com/joeschmoe, then text ‘50445’ to my Google Voice number, then shoot an e-mail to email@example.com,” we’ve already given up. This is an out-of-office message, not a last will and testament.
Read the rest over at their article, “The 7 Kinds of E-mail Vacation Auto-Responders Everyone Hates.”