The best out of office messages

As we approach the final days before the holiday break, we thought what better time to share some of the best out of office emails we’ve seen across the Internet. 

We hope that these auto responses inspire you to raise the bar and add some humour to your out of office message this year to give your colleagues and contacts a good ole laugh.


I’m currently on vacation until dd/mm. But don’t worry, I’ve left everything in the hands of my trusty assistant:



I’m not at work, but if it’s important, tweet me using #YOUAREINTERUPTINGMYVACATION



I am out of the office from dd/mm to dd/mm and will not have access to my email. It’s likely, however, that your message will be swallowed in a sea of inbox vanity, never to be seen again. If you require a response, please resend your email after I return to work on dd/mm.


If I’m not back on mm/dd, don’t come find me.



Oh hey, it’s Christmas, what are you doing emailing me?

I’m extremely busy watching Home Alone, Die Hard, and the 1994 Ninja Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Christmas Special on repeat until the new year.

I might stop for food and toilet breaks, I also might not.

Regardless of my general health and hygiene over the silly season, I’ll be back in the office on January 10th. Catch ya then!


I am on annual leave until dd/mm. 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 already sent me one email.


Hello! A recent study found that vacations are good for the brain and can increase performance at work. This calls for further research! I’ll be out of the office with limited access to email until dd/mm. If you need immediate assistance, please contact my colleague, [name].

Happy Summer!


Thanks for the mail, but I had to bail.

Currently, I’m out of reach, ’cause I’m chilling at the beach.

I’ll get back to you very soon, expect my mail on the 10th at noon.


Alexa, play Vacation by Dirty Heads.

And… it’s playing in the background as I write this email. Guess what? I’m on vacation! And I do love my occupation.

Your email has been received and I’ll get back to you as soon as I get back to my home office. Now, how do I turn off this Alexa thing?


I am away from the office at this moment. I will still be away from the office at the next moment and returning at a later moment. If you have any issues at the current moment, and they cannot wait until a later moment, please contact my manager, who may actually be away at the moment. Moment. Moment.


And because a picture is worth a thousand words…


Happy holidays from the Publica team!