In my opinion it is important to always leave a Out of the office message to tell people when you will be able to get to their message. In the connected world today I am confident I can get to most of my messages even if I am traveling and probably with the same time frame ( Not always good as I struggle with my own email volumes) One thing that is working very well though is a customized Out of office message. For the past few months since I have been traveling a lot I have been including a message about where I am going and I have been presently surprised by the reaction to them. Folks have been replying to my Out of the Office messages with their own observations. I like that and it gives me more inspiration to make my Out of the office message meaningful. This is my Out of the office message this week as I prepare to go to the IABC World Congress tomorrow ( 7th June 2009) to receive the 2009 Golden Quill Award from IABC for Voice of the Customer along with our Social Media agency CRT-Tanaka.
My Out of the Office Message :
Heard the good news? Network Solutions won the 2009 Golden Quill Award from IABC for Voice of the Customer. I will be attending the IABC World Congress in San Francisco from 7th to 10th June.
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Some resources on the web about Out of office messages:
Microsoft template : http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/TC102516181033.aspx
NY Times article OOO :http://shiftingcareers.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/12/17/mastering-the-out-of-office-message/
Funny collections of Out of the Office messages
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