Professional Writing

Ahhh, it’s time for your vacation. However, people who are still toiling away while you’re soaking-up the sun are going to email you while you are away. If you are looking for a creative way to inform people that you are out of the office, give one of these a try.

Standard Professional Thank you for your email. I’m out of the office and will be back on DATE. During this period I will have limited access to my email. If you need immediate assistance, please contact NAME at NUMBER.

Technical Issues Your message contained too many words for our system to accept at the present time. Please re-format and re-send.

Cost Involved Thank you for your email. Your credit card has been charged $5.99 for the first ten words and $1.99 for each additional word in your message.

Lucky You You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out of the office. If I was in, then chances are you wouldn’t have received anything at all.

Tweet Me I’m not in the office right now but if it’s important, tweet me the following #YouAreInterruptingMyVacation.

Back to the Future If you’re reading this, Doc Brown was unable to make lightning strike the clock tower, and I’m stuck in 1985. I won’t be able to respond to emails or voicemail until DATE, or until email is invented — whatever comes first.

Keep it Simple Eye M OOO.

Stand By Hi. I’m thinking about what you’ve just sent me. Please wait while I craft my response to you. It will be coming to you soon. 

Try Again The e-mail server is unable to verify your server connection and is unable to deliver this message. Please restart your computer and try sending again.

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Next time you go on vacation, start it off with a bang by leaving a fun reply for your customers and colleagues. If you need to stick with the professional reply for your office email, then maybe try one of the more creative replies for your personal email. Who knows, maybe you’ll come back to some clever responses which will make your return from vacation a little easier to swallow.