Out-of-office messages — I am on holiday… over and out

By Christopher Davies

Just what should you say when leaving an out-of-office message? Should it be funny, apologetic or just short and simple? Last week, one BBC News magazine article asked the question: ‘Should holiday email be deleted?’

It got me thinking; I am going on holiday next week. Really I will be. It also happens to be the Summer Bank Holiday so there are likely to be thousands of others doing the same. On Friday afternoon, I was planning on leaving a simple out-of-office message saying: ‘I am on holiday until 4 September and will reply to your email when I return. If you need to speak to someone before that, please contact xxx.’

However, should I now follow the example of the Daimler employees in the BBC article and write instead: ‘I am currently on holiday until 4 September and have been unable to read your email, which has now been deleted. Please resend the email after I’m back in the office or if you need to speak someone before that please contact xxx. Thank you.’ …

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