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You're about to go on vacation, so you dutifully set up the classic "Out of the office, will reply to your message when I get back" email auto-responder. While that auto-reply gives you a socially acceptable pass to do nothing about most incoming email for awhile, it doesn't make the nagging feeling that you're missing the one or two really important items go away. So, while you're at a resort in some Carrbbean paradise, you have to surreptitiously check your email for any ticking timebombs while your spouse shoots you disapproving looks.

Which is to say that, by and large, email auto-responders don't work.

Perhaps the most common vacation auto-responder reads something like this:

I'm out of the office and will get back to you when I return on April 5th. If this is an emergency, contact John Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To read the full, original article click on this link: The Art of the Email Auto-Responder Message (I'm Away From the Office Until...) | Fast Company

Author: Gina Trapani