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Starting Thought: Take Your Holiday Vacation – and Don’t Check Workplace Email

  
  
  
  
  
  

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With the holiday season upon us, I know being able to disconnect from the office while on vacation is top of mind for many of us.

 

So as you’re thinking about how you’re going to make it totally clear in your out of office message that you’re not going to be checking email, consider a line from an out of office message I received last week:

 

It starts with the typical, “I’m out of the office from this date to that date…” and concludes with: I will not check my e-mail AT ALL.

 

What a fantastic idea to truly disconnect … and make it completely clear to those who are looking to get in touch that you’re unreachable.   One tweak to the message might be to include a contact who’s available to help in case of an urgent matter.

 

So let’s join forces this holiday and pledge not to check email…AT ALL.

 

How are you planning so you can take the upcoming vacation days you deserve?

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A commendable goal. However, I find that many people are afraid to follow this approach because they are in terror of what they'll find when they come back after the holiday. To prevent this, we may need an additional component to either reduce the number of emails being sent out during the holiday, or to reduce the time drain of those that do get sent. For the first, you'd need a serious group effort to agree not to generate new mail during the vacation period; for the second, the recipient may need to add to their OOO message "I will not read any messages you send me at this time, please resend after the holiday". Which is tricky... though accepted for longer leaves (e.g. maternity leave).
Posted @ Sunday, December 16, 2012 7:19 AM by Nathan Zeldes
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