Brave out-of-office

I wonder how much better work could be if we all started to use this email auto-respond (because it isn’t in fact an out-of-office):

Hello,

I try to keep email to a minimum so that I can spend more time with my clients, partners, team and my family.

If you need to speak to me urgently then phone is always best – my number is [blank].

Otherwise, if you’re a client or partner of [company name here], I’ll always aim to reply to any urgent messages within 24 hours.

Thanks.

I received this from a contact of mine today, and it’s really made me think about my original approach to him, and how much of a problem email culture is.

3 thoughts on “Brave out-of-office”

  1. I like that! I was only having a conversation this morning with a colleague about email etiquette, and the need for an approach that is universally adhered to (else it wouldn’t work) that would curb information/Inbox overload. Have you seen this? http://emailcharter.org Worth a look for some good practice tips – but the trick is to get everyone, at least in one organisation, to adhere to it.

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