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Top 20 Out Of Office Replies

Updated on May 28, 2012

Get Creative With Your Out Of Office Replies

Do you ever get sick of seeing the same old, automated out of office reply? I know I do!

Well, maybe it's time to shake things up a bit and have some fun with your responses.

Whether you're away from the office for training, or you're getting away for a well-earned holiday, these clever automatic response messages will tell your co-workers what you really think of their notes.

(Image by Renjith Krishnan)

MY Top 20 Out Of Office Replies

1. I will be on holiday from [date] to [date]. Each person may send me one email while I am gone. I will randomly delete multiple emails from you until only one is left. You have already sent me one email.

2. I’ve run away to join the circus. A different one.

3. I’m away until [date]. If you have an immediate issue, contact [name]. If your issue is not immediate, why are you emailing me?

4. I cannot handle your emails until I return on [date]. Please be patient and your mail will be deleted in the order it was received.

5. I’m away from my desk at the moment. My cubicle and computer are still here, but someone took my desk. I’ve gone off to look for it.

6. I am out for the day at a doctor’s appointment. My brain is being removed so I can enter management.

7. I stayed at a motel last night because of the weather, and my cat ran under the bed, which is bolted to the floor. I can’t ask the chambermaids to help me catch the cat, because I’m not supposed to have a cat in here. As soon as the cat comes out, I’ll be back in to work.

8. I’m not out of the office. I’m ignoring you.

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

10. I am no longer checking this email account. The company and I reached a settlement, and in exchange for my not coming within 500 feet of their offices, I will not serve any time.

11. I am away until [date]. I have full access to phone and email, but refuse to use them for work.

12. I am attending training for one week. Don’t expect any difference when I return.

13. I’m out of the office, and probably drinking.

14. You have been charged £5.99 for the first 10 words of your email and £1.99 for each additional word.

15. I will be out of the office on medical leave for the next 2 weeks. When I return, please call me Loretta instead of Steve.

16. I am out of the office until [date]. Enjoy the quiet.

17. On annual leave, hope to win the lottery and never return.

18. Your message contained 15 characters too many for our system to accept at the present time. Please re-format and re-send.

19. On a beach, no laptop, no iPhone. Back [date].

20. I am away until [date]. During my absence, please contact [name]. He won’t help you either.

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Can you think of any more clever and witting out of office replies to add to my collection? I'd love to hear your suggestions.

What Would You Send?

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      6 years ago

      Dear Sender,

      Iâm either: on a beach sunbathing, climbing up a mountain, riding my motorbike, hiking into a park, running on a seaside, taking  photos around, drinking/drunk, eating very good stuff, chillinâ out, reading a book, playing videogames, listening music, yelling (you know, Iâm Italian), jumping into a pool, listening to the wind...;

      And I'll be that way until the xxx, which is nice.

      Have a good work week and I'll be back to you nice and relaxed.

      Cheers :)

    • xceeduk profile image


      6 years ago

      Made me laugh but I have had a bad day

    • kevinfream lm profile image

      kevinfream lm 

      7 years ago

      Why is this in Ethics? How about Marketing?

    • SteenBiilmann LM profile image

      SteenBiilmann LM 

      7 years ago

      Hahahaaaaaa - love it! Brought a big ol smile back on my face:-) Thanks!

    • Onethindime LM profile image

      Onethindime LM 

      7 years ago

      Ha. 7 is my favorite.

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      7 years ago

      My email quota has been exceeded and this email will not be retained. Please contact me by phone after the new year. Thank you.


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