Avoid Inducing Jealousy When Composing Out-Of-Office Emails

Avoid Inducing Jealousy When Composing Out-Of-Office Emails

The out-of-office auto-reply is now a part of work life. But curb your enthusiasm about your holiday and avoid lines that will cause recipients to be jealous, says Wired.

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It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of leaving your work behind, but that doesn’t mean you need to rub it in the face of those still stuck in the office. Remember, you have to come back and work with the same people, so don’t antagonise them unnecessarily.

Don’t be condescending, and don’t instill jealousy. You’ll just undo all the goodwill you’ve established with that “thank you” at the beginning of your message. They might even send you additional emails out of revenge.

For an effective out-of-office message, you might still want to include whether you are on holidays or travelling for work, but the larger advice here is not to embellish. InCheck out the full article at Wired for some other insightful tips on writing a great auto-reply.

Tips for Crafting the Perfect Out-of-Office Email [Wired]


  • I don’t see the need to put what you’re doing in at all. Whenever I get those sorts of autoreplies it just makes me roll my eyes. Nobody cares *why* you’re out of the office, unless it’s an illness that may be extended. Just say you’re “out of the office”, not the kind of crap that the linked article suggests, such as “hiking in the alps” – all that is, is a humblebrag that comes across as endearing to absolutely nobody.

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