Let’s be honest; emails can be annoying, especially when you’re trying to take a day off or when you’re sick. You’d probably want to stay away from your emails as much as possible, but you also can’t shake off the uncomfortable feeling of not checking them. Don’t worry, because a vacation responder is just what you need and it’s super easy to set!

A vacation responder or an out of office reply is basically a message that is automatically sent to anyone that sends you an email. You can use it whenever you’re in meetings or when you’re out for lunch, but in most cases, you’ll need it when you’re on vacation or when you’re sick. It lets people know that you’re not available at the moment and that you’ll be back soon to respond to their message personally. 

You can choose who to send it to, whether it’s only for people within your organization or contacts or even to external email senders (this could include newsletters). For platforms such as Gmail and Office 365, you can set the starting and end date of when you want it to start sending out your automatic responses. You can also add subject lines and customize your messages to include alternative contact information, for urgent matters. 

So the next time you go on vacation or take a sick leave, take a moment to craft your vacation responder and enjoy your well-deserved rest and relaxation without ever needing to check on your emails every now and then. For more information on how to turn on your vacation responder, click on this link for Gmail: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/25922?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

And this link for Office 365: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/send-automatic-out-of-office-replies-from-outlook-9742f476-5348-4f9f-997f-5e208513bd67