Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Best "Out of Office Automatic e-mail Replies"

Somewhat related to the discussion started yesterday about adding biblical verses to your professional e-mail signature, I am always fascinated about what people put in their out-of-office replies (if any). I mean - it's always irritating to get one, but it is even more irritating not to get anything!!! So how can we get this level of irritation a few notches down? Getting a reply within just a couple of seconds gets you excited only for a jiffy until you realize that you have just be dinged by a robot.

Most of out-of-offices are plain and boring as hell. "Hello... i am out of office.. bla bla... back bla bla... contact bla bla. Get out of my life". Come on, people, where is your creativity? By creativity I do not mean going overboard. The examples I have below is overstepping the line somewhat, but you can always structure your out-of-office in a way, which is humorous, professional and makes the sender smile, rather than sulk in frustration on account of your two-week vacation.

I have a couple of those in store, but first I would be interested in anyone would come up with unusual ideas:)
Best Out of Office Automatic e-mails Replies

I am currently out of the office at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to get the position. Please be prepared for my mood.

You are receiving this automatic notification, because I am out of the office. If I was in, chances are you wouldn't have received anything at all.

Sorry to have missed you, but I'm at the doctor's having my brain and heart removed so I can be promoted to our management team.

I will be unable to delete all the emails you send me until I return from vacation. Please be patient, and your mail will be deleted in the order it was received.

Thank you for your email. Your credit card has been charged $5.99 for the first 10 words and $1.99 for each additional word in your message.

The email server is unable to verify your server connection. Your message has not been delivered. Please restart your computer and try sending again. 
(The beauty of this is that when you return, you can see who did this over and over and over....)

Thank you for your message, which has been added to a queuing system. You are currently in 352nd place, and can expect to receive a reply in approximately 19 weeks.

8. Hi, I'm thinking about what you've just sent me. Please wait by your PC for my response.

I've run away to join a different circus.

I will be out of the office for the next two weeks for medical reasons. When I return, please refer to me as 'Lucille' instead of Steve. 


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