Out-of-Office and Off-the-Grid

The Situation

It is your final day at work before taking holiday time off, which you really deserve. You’ve thrown out all your food from the office fridge and are about to leave when you realize, Oh no! You’ve forgotten to set an automatic out-of-office email reply.

How to Survive

Select a template reply from the examples below. Copy and paste chosen response into email client. Grab bikini and sunscreen and go.

Template replies:

The Boozy Beachgoer

Thank you for your email. I am out of the office until [DD/MM/YY] and am currently sitting on a beach. During this period, I will have limited access to my email, as that would require me to put down my piña colada and pick up my phone. 


[Your Name]

Suzy Screentime

Thank you for your email. I am away from my computer until [DD/MM/YY]. Technically I am using my computer all week, but only for the following crucial reasons:

  • Showing Grandma photos from the family lake trip
  • #NetflixandChill
  • Trying and failing to set up the Chromecast I got for Christmas

Have a happy holiday,

[Your Name]

The Family Man

Thank you for your email. I am out of the office until [DD/MM/YY]. Don’t be too jealous though. Odds are right now I’m at home watching Rudolph for the ninth time in a row and sitting next to Mr. Teddy Bear at my daughter’s ‘tea party’.

To offer free babysitting services, please immediately call [INSERT CELL HERE].

For all other inquiries, I’ll get back to you in the New Year.

Thank you,

[Your Name]

The Obvious Avoider

Thank you for your email. I am out of the office and off all technology until [DD/MM/YY]. I am going completely off the grid. Like that guy from ‘Into the Wild’.Instagram

If my Skype ID says I am currently online please ignore. If there is a green checkmark next to my Facebook photo, please ignore. If you have text messaged me and I have ‘Read at 4:30 PM’ but not responded, please ignore. Also please stop, stalker.

Have a happy holiday,

[Your Name]
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