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The Boston School, Zürich
Business English Skill Sheet
Out of Office Email
Tips &
To Avoid
To Use
When to use one
Incorrect use of the date
.When you are out of the office and
unable to respond to email for
extended periods due to vacation,
leaves of absence, or other
purposes, you need to set up an
auto-reply message for your
incoming emails that notify senders
of your plan for responding to their
Never disclose personal
I will be out of the office starting
Thank you for your e-mail.
09/08/2007 and will not return until
I am out of the office till Monday,
16th of July 2007 and your email
In Europe and many other
will not be forwarded.
places in the world, 09/08/2007
means August 9th, 2007.
Should the matter be important,
please contact XXXX XXX ( email
In the US, the month comes
address) in my absence.
before the day so would be
understood as the 8th of
Best regards
September, possibly causing
Your Name
some confusion..
Mixing up your language with
A little more formal
Dear Mail Sender,
Thieves can use personal
information contained in 'out of
office' auto-reply emails and
cross-referencing it with publicly
available personal information to
target empty houses
It can and does happen.
Thank you for your message.
Sorry I'm not in the Office until
20th of Mai and I have no access
to my Emails.
In urgent cases please contact
XXXX. (Phone +41 .... Email:
Freundliche Grüsse
Remember who will receive the out
of office email
This may seem unimportant, your
sender could be an important
business relationship. Therefore
avoid the use of jokes or saying
you will be lying on the beach
enjoying the sun whilst others
Thank you for your mail. I will be
out of office from today and will
be back on Tuesday, May 29th.
I will have limited access to my
e-mail during this period.
In my absence, please feel free to
contact XX XX on +41 44 302
7838 or e-mail
[email protected] .
Thank you for your understanding.
Best regards,
Your Name
Use of slang or incorrect
My personal favourite
*** BIZ trip until 12. Sept 2007 ***
*** please contact XX XXX ***
*** for urgent calls: +41 xx xxx xxx
Thank you for your email. I am out
of the office from [DAY, DATE] to
[DAY, DATE] and unable to
respond at this time.
The use of asterisks, biz instead of
business project an informal
relationship which may not be in
line with your corporate standards.
I will review your message
following my return on [DAY,
DATE]. If you need immediate
assistance, contact [Name, phone
number and email address].
Thank you for your understanding.
Best regards,
Your Name