Summer is coming to an end and with the long weekend approaching its nearing time to ring the starting bell of vacation; the out of office reply. It’s a signal that work can wait and fun cannot! The standard out of office reply is boring, and for many it’s a missed opportunity. The standard “Hi there, I am out of the office from [DATE] to [DATE] with limited access to email. If you require immediate assistance please contact ______” is boring and lacks any added value or call to action. Add value with comedy or a call to action with a free download. Here are some ideas.
Base it in Truth
Share a little about what you’re actually doing on vacation!
“Hello – I’m currently out of the office eating ice cream with the kids, hopping on roller coasters and playing soccer in the yard. Presuming this all works out, I’ll be back in the office [DATE] and shall do my utmost to respond to you as swiftly as possible.”
Add a Twist to the Standard Message
Adding a little humor lightens the mood when the recipient finds out you won’t be able to get back to them right away.
“Hello – I’m currently out of the office, but clearly you’ve already hit send, so this notice probably isn’t very helpful. On the other hand, I am somewhat helpful and will be back [DATE] at which point I’ll respond at the earliest opportunity.”
Add a link to a free download
Add some value to your out of office reply by giving the recipient something.
“Hello and thanks for the email. I’m out of the office until Monday. If you need something right away you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
In the meantime, check out this new [guide, blog, free download of your choice] it’s free and easy to read!
Praising a colleague who helps you out while you’re on vacation is a positive way to mention your vacation and show that you are grateful for your colleagues.
“Thanks for your email. I’m currently on holidays with the family for the first time in (what seems like) forever.
For urgent matters, ____ will help you. She doesn’t wear a cape but she’s basically superwoman.
See you soon!”
Out of Office replies are a fun way to engage with people even when you’re out of the office. They give you permission to step away from your computer or phone and truly enjoy your vacation. Bullfrog insurance is committed to ensuring your vacation is worry free by providing the coverage your business needs in less than 2 minutes so that you can get back to fun in the sun!