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aewacs - Holiday: the day after...

At aewacs, most of our colleagues are back from holiday by now and we can only hope you have enjoyed your annual leave as much as we have. You may be among those who look forward to ‘the day after’ with a healthy aversion. After all, diving into the swimming pool at some luxury resort is a lot more fun than plunging into your daily routine. If you were able to resist the temptation to continue working that is. There are ways, however, to make resuming work less of a burden.

Artificially extended holiday

Don’t get us wrong. When aewacs was still in its infancy, we simply didn’t have enough manpower to just leave everything behind, knowing that things will be taken care of. Today, we are fortunate enough to have enough scale to let others replace us in our absence.

But even now it takes three or four days at our holiday destination to finally let go of our worries. That is why, as of this year, we decided to send an out-of-office message three days before packing our bags. At the same time we artificially extended our holiday by three days after actually returning, allowing us to gracefully boot back up.

What is keeping you from doing the same? You may even find some time to go through a couple of inspiring blogs that have found their way to your inbox. They actually exist, you know?

Out-of-office inspiration

To alleviate the ‘suffering’ of your customer and increase the acceptance of your prolonged absence at the same time, here are some funny out-of-office messages we found on the internet for you to copy:

  1. I am currently out of the office. I have a cell phone, but I will not be giving the number out. If you can guess the number, however, I will take your call.
  2. I am on annual leave until dd/mm/yyyy. 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.
  3. I’m not in the office right now. If it’s important, tweet me using #InterruptYourVacation.
  4. If you’re reading this, Doc Brown was unable to make lightning strike the clock tower, and I’m stuck in 1985. I won’t be able to respond to emails or voicemail until 9ish on mm/dd, or until email is invented -- whatever comes first.
  5. You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out of the office. If I was in, chances are you wouldn't have received anything at all.

Finally, automating time-consuming and recurring scheduled activities will give you even more time to acclimatize. If only there were a solution for that… Come to think of it, there is one right here.

Photo by Bart Boonen

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