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Why not try these witty out of office messages?

Why not try these witty Autoresponder emails?

We can all agree, the most exciting part of leaving the office before jetting off on our summer holiday is the prospect of switching on our autoresponder email and hitting shut down. Here is a round-up of some of the best out of office emails that positively oozed wit.

Taking it back to the Eighties

Who remembers 1980s pop hit Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley? Well one guy decided to turn his OOO into a song that certainly got people singing along. It went a little like this:

“Never gonna give you up, Never gonna let you down, Never gonna run around and desert you, “Never gonna make you cry, Never gonna say goodbye, Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.

“I’m also never gonna reply to your message until 9th August as I’m off on holiday.”
Source: BBC

He admits his Rick Astley email rendition still makes him cringe to this day, but this hasn’t stopped him. In search of the perfect amusing auto response to counteract the serious nature of financial services, he is now in fierce competition with a colleague as they try to outwit one another via their out of office messages.

Email Russian Roulette

This person, decided to turn his auto response into a game of email Russian Roulette:
“I am on annual leave until dd/mm/yyyy. I will allow each sender one email and if you send me multiple emails, I will randomly delete your emails until there is only one remaining. Choose wisely. Please note that you have already sent me one email.”
Source: BBC

Thankfully, this auto response was only sent to internal colleagues – otherwise it could have led to some sticky situations with clients!

Simple and to the point

If you simply don’t have the time to insert that level of wit, because its 5.25pm and frankly you are itching to get out of the door, you can of course keep it short and sweet. However, here are a few amusing messages that made us smile:

“I am out of the office from mm/dd to mm/dd and will not be checking email. It’s likely your note will be swallowed in a sea of inbox banality, never to be seen again. If you require a response, please re-send your email after mm/dd.
On vacation. Hoping to win the lottery and never return.”

“I am away from the office right now. Unfortunately, I will be back tomorrow.”

“If you’re reading this, Doc Brown was unable to make lightning strike the clock tower, and I’m stuck in 1985. I won’t be able to respond to emails or voicemail until 9ish on mm/dd, or until email is invented – whatever comes first.”

“I am currently out of the office. I have a cell phone, but I will not be giving the number out. If you can guess the number, however, I will take your call.”

Whether it is to poke fun at the office atmosphere, or a tongue-in-cheek reference with the intention of making your colleagues insanely jealous, there are plenty of hilarious examples of people injecting some fun into their autoresponder emails.

Just remember though that at some point you will be returning to your desk so it’s unwise to use anything too cheeky if your clients will be on the receiving end of your message!

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