When you send out an important email and feel like you’ve accomplished something … it feels good right? You feel like you can check something off your to-do list. But what happens when you get an immediate ‘out of office’ reply from the recipient of your email? Your happiness turns to anger, jealousy, and outrage. No? Maybe it’s just me. In any case, you’re not as happy as you once were.
I can’t believe it’s taken this long for someone to break down ‘out of office’ replies into what they really mean. The folks over at PhDComics (always good for an education-oriented laugh) have tackled these replies and I think they’re spot on.
When you get an automatic reply like this, what do you do? Do you just put your request on hold until the recipient comes back or do you press on and find someone else to email? Or, better still, do you look up where the recipient of your email went on vacation … book a ticket to their location … track them down in person … and confront them directly? No? Probably just me again. I’m a hands-on kinda guy I guess.