The Big Work Lie: “Out of Office”

It happens to all of us. You send an email to someone that requires a reply. You might even add some sizzle to it with a big red exclamation point. Could be a request to fix a problem. Could be something really urgent and you are desperate for an answer. Could be an appointment or a meeting request.

Within a second of hitting the send button, you hear the ping of a new email and see the response: “Automatic Reply – Out of Office”. Followed by, “I will be out of the office until _____ and will have limited email access. If this is an emergency, please contact __________.”

That response raises lots of eyebrows and generates lots of questions, mainly, “Do we believe that response? Is he or she really out of touch? With today’s devices, is it even possible to be really out of the office and out of touch? Does that mean the recipient is really not checking? Is it true that people are truly addicted to email? So let’s wait and see….

The Big Work Lie: “Out of Office”

Great Plains Consulting, Inc.