Out of Office (OOO):

Updated: Sep 30, 2021

These ubiquitous messages are evolving.


Beyond the plain vanilla, strictly informational and formal variety of OOO


I've been seeing some more personalized and creative messages.


I got this in response to an email I sent to a colleague last month that made me smile:

Yet another got me thinking


And some are just plain cultural... Living in Singapore I like to provide a little local color and give some detail on the history and significance of our public holidays like Vesak Day, Hari Raya Haj or the Lunar New Year and associated animal (this is the year of the Metal Ox).


And this one is both pithy and insightful !



What are some of the OOO messages you have seen - so you have examples to share? Comment below!








And ere is another ingenious OOO


Hello, it's me, vacation-Lisa.

People often confuse me and Lisa, but we are actually quite different. Lisa proofreads everything...twice. Vacation-Lisa proofreads takeout menus. Lisa worries about deadlines. Vacation-Lisa worries about squeezing a nap in before dinner arrives. Lisa gets nervous about speaking up in a meeting. Vacation-Lisa gets nervous the karaoke machine will run out of songs (okay, that's not true, not true at all)...but you get the gist.

I'll be back to my old self on 10/04/2021, but for now, vacation-Lisa is outta here. If your message is urgent, reach out to

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