The Right Way To Handle Your Out Of Office Reply

The mistakes you don't want to make.
September 10, 2013

It’s the end of summer, which means our inboxes are filled with the out-of-office replies from all those lucky folks on vacation while we’re still stuck at work. In the face of this, New York Magazine has listed the worst offenders of the vacation-reply list. Here are a few:

2. The Seniority Show-off: On a similar note, please do not conclude your away message by reminding others of the power you wield at work. (“If you need immediate assistance, please contact my executive assistant at, or my associate executive assistant at, or my executive assistant’s executive assistant at”) We get it — you’re rich.

3. The Overly Complicated Reply Process: If your auto-responder includes more than two ways to get in touch with you in an emergency, you’re doing it wrong. By the time you get to “If your message is urgent, contact me through, then text ’50445′ to my Google Voice number, then shoot an e-mail to,” we’ve already given up. This is an out-of-office message, not a last will and testament.

Read the rest over at their article, “The 7 Kinds of E-mail Vacation Auto-Responders Everyone Hates.”

This article originally appeared on

Sasha is the assistant editor and community manager of 99U. You can watch her tweet or find out more at her personal website.

Photo: Shutterstock