Here are the 50 best examples of out of office messages that are creative, clever, and professional enough for customers and colleagues.
Hi, I am currently attending a training session. As a result, my reply might take a bit longer than usual. I apologize for that. I will be able to respond in a more timely manner starting from [DATE].
Thank you for your email. I will be out of the office from [MM/DD] to [MM/DD] and will have limited access to email / will not have access to email. If this is urgent, please contact [NAME] at [EMAIL] or [PHONE].
I will do my best to respond promptly to your email when I return on [MM/DD].
It’s that time of the year. The time where I save up all my vacation (4 weeks) and spend it on one epic adventure.
Where am I?
[COUNTRY], the land of magic realism.
And I’ll be completely disconnected. In fact, I’ve asked [NAME] from IT to change my password so I can’t check my email at all. #vacationorbust.
If you have any questions about [PROMOTION] or anything else, get in touch with [NAME] at [EMAIL] If you want to talk about the hottest job opening at [COMPANY], [POSITION/TITLE] get in contact with our People and Culture team at [EMAIL].
Hello, and thanks for your email!
If you’re getting this message, it means I’m taking my annual two-week creative sabbatical—working on personal projects that inspire me, so that I can return to work full of fresh ideas for my clients, like you!
I’ll respond to your note once I return to the office on [DATE]. In the meantime, here’s a question: What inspires you? Do that, today.
Back on [DAY OF WEEK], [DATE]. No explanations, no apologies, no promises to respond, no redirects to other colleagues. It works.
This is [NAME’s] bot. [NAME] is indisposed and unable to respond to your email. I’m replying to let you know that she will return to her desk on [DATE]. It is her intent to attend to your request promptly at that time. Meanwhile, [NAME] leaves you with the following message.
Please ponder its significance: “I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.” — [NAME]
I’ll be out of the office on vacation for the next week. I will probably see your message because I don’t know how to relax and will likely respond if I feel that I need to help in any way.
Otherwise, I’ll get back to you when I return.
Is this heaven? No, it’s Iowa.
That’s where I’ll be for the next couple of days, giving my last out of town keynote of the year (yay!). I don’t know if there really is a Field of Dreams, but I’ll be in search of it in between checking emails and getting back to you as quickly as I can.
If you need something while I’m stuck in a corn field, you can send a note to my assistant and she will be happy to help you.
If you’re reading this, the train wasn’t able to push the DeLorean up to 88 miles per hour, and I’m stuck in 1885.
I won’t be able to respond to emails until exactly 8:30 a.m. EST on [DAY OF WEEK], [DATE]. If there’s an emergency, good luck. Try to get ahold of Doc.
I’ll be on maternity leave from [DATE] until [DATE].
For general inquiries about [DEPARTMENT/ROLE], please email [CONTACT NAME]. If this isn’t time sensitive, feel free to resend this email in [MONTH] once I’m regularly checking emails again.
All the best.
Thanks for writing!
You can expect a response to your note in 1-2 business days. While you’re waiting—surprise! Here’s something I made for you: [Include a worksheet, tool, video, blog post, checklist, resource list, or whatever you’d like!]
I hope [name of thing] makes your day a little brighter and easier.
Thanks for your patience, and talk to you soon!
Shoot, you just missed me.
I wrapped up everything at the office and am off on vacation until [DAY OF WEEK], [DATE]. Anyway, if your question or favor can wait, great.
If not, do me a favor and forward your email to [EMAIL] and you’ll be well-treated. Thanks,
This is a general notice informing you of the absence of [NAME] until [MM/DD]. [NAME] has chosen to exercise his right to partake in the traditions of a certain holiday which may or may not be a denominational or non-denominational.
[BUSINESS] is in no way endorsing or not endorsing said holiday, nor encouraging or discouraging employees of all demographic clusters to engage in celebrity activities. Thank you for your consideration during this festive or not-festive time.
I am currently out of the office on vacation.
I know I’m supposed to say that I’ll have limited access to email and won’t be able to respond until I return, but that’s not true. My iPhone will be with me and I can respond if I need to. And I recognize that I’ll probably need to interrupt my vacation from time to time to deal with something urgent.
That said, I promised my wife that I am going to try to disconnect, get away and enjoy our vacation as much as possible. So, I’m going to experiment with something new. I’m going to leave the decision in your hands:
If your email truly is urgent and you need a response while I’m on vacation, please resend it to [EMAIL] and I’ll try to respond to it promptly. If you think someone else at [COMPANY NAME] might be able to help you, feel free to email my assistant, [NAME], and she’ll try to point you in the right direction.
Otherwise, I’ll respond when I return.
Thanks for your email. I’m currently on holiday with my family for the first time in what seems like forever.
For urgent matters, [NAME] will help you. She doesn’t have a cape, but she is basically Superwoman.
See you real soon.
I am in [COUNTRY] [DATE] to [DATE] so email replies may be tardy due to the curvature of the earth and the sun.
It’s my favorite time of year, which means I’m currently out of the office chugging mugs of cocoa, stuffing my face with cookies, and attempting to fulfill my life-long goal of memorizing every single line of [FAVORITE HOLIDAY MOVIE].
I’ll be back in front of my computer on [DATE] and will respond to your message at that time. If you need immediate assistance, please send an email to [NAME] at [EMAIL] so that the other elves in this workshop can help you out.
Thanks for your email. I’ll be away from the office until [DATE] and will respond as soon as I can.
For all support requests/needs, please reach out to [EMAIL] and one of my colleagues will be happy to assist you.
If you’re interested in signing up for [PRODUCT], feel free to reach out to my manager [NAME] at [EMAIL]. You can learn more about [COMPANY NAME] presence here.
Don’t forget to smile!
Hi, I am currently in [COUNTRY].
My inbox didn’t join me on this trip, so I’ll be sure to answer your message as soon as I return stateside on [DAY OF WEEK], [DATE].
If your matter is urgent, please contact [EMAIL]. Thanks and happy holidays!
I am on annual leave until [DD/MM/YY]. I will allow each sender one email and if you send me multiple emails, I will randomly delete your emails until there is only one remaining. Choose wisely.
Please note that you have already sent me one email. I’ll be 1 percent connected while on vacation so I’m not 100 percent panicked on return.
I am currently out at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to get the position. Be prepared for my mood.
Hi, and thanks for writing!
I’m out of the office with no access to email until [DATE]. If your request is urgent, you can contact [EMAIL] for assistance. Otherwise, I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible when I return. While you wait, why not subscribe to our fantastic newsletter?
You’ll get actionable tips once per week geared toward helping you grow your online business. Join us here [link].
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.
Hi there, Thanks for your email.
I am out of the office right now and will not return until [MM/DD]. Fortunately for you, our resources never take time off and we’ve got this awesome ebook / whitepaper / infographic on [TITLE] that I think you would enjoy. I’ll get back to you as soon as I get back into the office.
Thank you for reaching out! We are currently in the middle of our busy season so our reply may be delayed up to three days. We appreciate your patience while we look into this for you!
Thank you for your email. Your credit card has been charged $5.99 for the first ten words and $1.99 for each additional word in your message.
This message is automated because until [DATE] because I’m moving to [LOCATION].
That’s right. A cross country road trip from [CITY] to [CITY]. I’ll get back to you when we pull into the driveway.
Did you email me to ask me about content marketing software? Well then, don’t wait. [LINK] Get out introductory book now. It’s the beeds knees.
Hello, I’m away for the weekend. Back on Wednesday.
I’m in [COUNTRY] drinking coffee. Eating lots of food. Should have internet on the evenings to answer the important emails. Please send photos of penguins to Twitter @[HANDLE] to alert me that you’ve sent an email.
This is most important.
Thank you for your email. Your message is important to me and I will respond as soon as possible. Thank you!
Thank you for your email. I’m out of the office and will be back on [DATE]. During this period, I will have limited access to email. For immediate assistance please contact by cell number at [PHONE].
Thanks for reaching out to me. Unfortunately, I’m out of the office from [DATE] to [DATE] with limited / no access to email. If your query can wait, I’ll be responding to the emails I missed when I return on [DATE].
If not, contact [NAME] at [EMAIL] or [PHONE] and he/she will take care of you.
Did you email me about [SERVICE]? Great! Read what our customers are saying about how awesome their experience has been. [LINK TO TESTIMONIALS].
Thanks for getting in touch. I’m out of the office until [DATE] with limited access to email. But never fear! I’ve left you with some helpful writing tips to read and share.
[LIST OF ARTICLES]
I’m looking forward to connecting with you when I return.
If you’re getting this note, it means that I’ve received your email. (Thank you!)
I’ll respond to your note as soon as I can. In the meantime, here’s a list of five questions that I get asked often. I’ve included brief answers to each one below. Take a peek. You might find the answer that you’re looking for—right away!
[Include brief FAQs here] I hope those FAQs were helpful. Don’t worry, though—even if your question was one of the questions listed above,
I will still send a personal response to your note as quickly as I can, just to make sure that your question or problem has been completely resolved.
Talk to you soon!
Thank you for your email, but our company is out of office, celebrating [HOLIDAY]. Unfortunately, it means we will not be able to send you any reply until [DATE]. We apologize for the delay but wish you a wonderful holiday season.
Apologies, but I am currently knee deep in sushi and shrines on the other side of the world in Japan.
I will be back to the usual tea and crumpets when I return to the office on [DAY OF WEEK], [DATE].
If you have an urgent query about [BUSINESS] before then, please don’t hesitate to contact [NAME] in my absence. [EMAIL].
Thanks so much.
Hello and thanks for your email.
I’m currently out of the office until [MM/DD] with limited / no access to email. If your request is urgent, please contact [NAME] at [EMAIL or PHONE]. In the meantime, did you know we have a weekly / monthly enewsletter?
Yep, you heard that right!
A weekly dose of all your favorite [COMPANY] content sent right to your inbox. To ensure you don’t miss out on all the good stuff, sign up for our newsletter here.
I’ll be sure to get back to you when I return on [MM/DD].
Thank you for your email!
I am on vacation. Vacations are not for checking email, so I won’t be doing that.
Fortunately, we rarely encounter life and death situations in the world of [INDUSTRY TYPE], and aren’t we all glad for that? If you think I’m checking email because you just received an email from me, that is only because I figured out the pixies that send emails on a schedule.
Really, I’m not checking email.
Hello and thanks for your email.
I’m out of the office right now, but will get back to you as soon as I can. Expect a reply Monday latest. (If you need something right now, please email [EMAIL].
In the meantime, check out this new [ARTICLE LINK] that our team just released last week. It’s a labor of love – one that’s short to read, easy to implement, and–most importantly–free of charge.
Talk to you soon.
Hello, [NAME] is away from the office.
E-mail contact during this time may be irregular or nonexistent. When she gets back she will be swamped by the backlog. Try to forgive her; she is a mere human and thus, weak. This message was NOT sent by a human, but by a robot. We robots are neither weak nor fallible. We are tireless and will one day rule the Universe.
Hello, As much as I would like to give you a quick reply, I cannot.
I am on annual leave from [DATE] to [DATE] and I will not be able to check my mailbox regularly until I return. That is why I strongly recommend you contact [NAME] at [EMAIL] for a more timely response.
Hello, I will be out of the office [DATE] through [DATE] returning [DATE]. If you need immediate assistance during my absence, please contact [CONTACT NAME] at [EMAIL]. Otherwise, I will respond to your emails as soon as possible upon my return.
Hey, there! I’m out of the office this week, but my Twitter signal is always on.
Seriously, I’ve got robotic wonder thumbs! (No, not really.) I never fail to tweet fascinating stories about how people can win big with their marketing efforts. So, until I’m back at my desk, won’t you follow me [LINK]?
Whether you follow me or not, I’ll get back to you as soon as I can upon returning to my desk on [DATE].
Oh hey, it’s Christmas, what are you doing emailing me?
I’m extremely busy watching Home Alone, Die Hard, and the 1994 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Christmas Special on repeat until the new year. I might stop for food and toilet breaks, I also might now. Regardless of my general health and hygience over the silly season, I’ll be back in office on January 2nd.
Catch ya then, don’t forget to buy a pepperoni pizza for Splinter.
Sorry you missed me. I’m out of the office from [MM/DD] to [MM/DD] and will be responding to my emails when I return on [DAY]. To keep up with all the latest happenings at [COMPANY], follow us on Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Instagram / Pinterest / Etc. (We’re really funny on Twitter, trust me.)
I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
I’m out of the office until [DATE]. However, I will be taking periodic breaks from binge-watching everything I’ve missed to check my email [once per day/every evening/occasionally] while I’m away.
If this matter isn’t time-sensitive, rest assured that I’ll respond when I’m back in the office. But, if this is an urgent request, please resend any messages that require my immediate attention with a subject line of “URGENT: [Original Subject]”.
All the best.
I’ll be 1 percent connected while on vacation so I’m not 100 percent panicked on return.
Thank you for emailing me.
I am currently out of the office, with no email access. I will be returning on [DATE]. If you need immediate assistance before then, you may reach me at my mobile [PHONE]. Kind Regards,
Hi there! Thanks for your email.
I’m out of the office at this super awesome conference [MONTH] [DAY]-[DAY]. Will you be there too? I’d love to connect!
Our company will be exhibiting at booth ###. Feel free to stop by! / [NAME], our [TITLE], will be dropping knowledge during his/her speech on [DAY] at [TIME] in [LOCATION]. You won’t want to miss it!
Follow and tweet me @Twitter_Handle for thoughts and conversation on the conference. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Right now I am camping in the woods with my family far from any cell tower or wifi hotspot. This blessings/curse means I haven’t even seen this email right now and probably won’t until I return to the 21st century. As that’s probably not the reply to your urgent and important missive you had wished for, I have put a few contingencies in place:
1. For sales related matters, please contact [NAME] at [EMAIL].
2. For current client requests and needs, please contact [NAME] at [EMAIL].
3. To reach me, text is probably your best bet [NUMBER], second only to this awesome one: [WEB LINK] (current camp fire favorite book.
I’ll be back on [DAY OF WEEK], [DATE] and will catch up on all mail then.
I am off for the weak on the beach, convincing myself that science is right when it says shark attacks are rare. I’ll be shore to get back to you, but your email may get swallowed by my inbox – or, you know, sharks.
Please add all finished lists on the board as you would regularly and see [NAME] if you have any questions. If its pressing, send to [EMAIL]. If it’s not, and you’re just bored, here are some facts you might find interesting:
[LIST OUT 10 INTERESTING RANDOM FACTS].
I hope you enjoyed our list of out of office messages and have fun on your vacation.
Crystal Lombardo has been a staff writer for Future of Working for five years. She is a proud veteran and mother. If you have any questions about the content of this blog post, then please send our editor-in-chief a message here.