November has arrived. You’ve planned your year-end vacation, purchased your flight tickets and booked your accommodations for that long-awaited break.

There’s nothing sweeter than counting down to the day you get to compose your out-of-office email responses. Like every other responsible working bees, we need to (gleefully) inform others that responses to emails will be slightly slower during this period because we’re on a break.

Composing that out-of-office email responses has always been the pre-highlight of our vacation – a sweet reminder of what’s to come, so why make that email dry and typical? On that note, we will still advise caution against any crude jokes. The goal is to coerce a smile from the recipients, and not give them a reason to compose a complaint email to The Boss.

To that end, we’ve dived into the pool of knowledge (aka Google) to dig out interesting and humourous out-of-office email responses.

10 out-of-this-world out-of-office email responses


  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. [SOURCE
  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. [SOURCE]
  3. I am out of the office from (date) to (date), and I will not be checking email. It’s likely your note will be swallowed in a sea of inbox banality, never to be seen again. If you require a response, please re-send your email after (date). For urgent editorial issues, please contact the channel or features editor responsible for that content. If you are Barack Obama, text me, bro. We need to talk. [SOURCE]
  4. I am on paid leave right now for two weeks. When I get back, I will be on paid return. Upon completing my one week of paid return, I will address any issues or questions you have at a pace I am comfortable with. This is most likely a pace that you will not be comfortable with. [SOURCE]
  5. Thanks for your email. I’m not in the office right now, but if it’s important, tweet me using #YouAreInterruptingMyVacation. Happy holidays! [SOURCE
  6. I’m stuck in the North Pole and have no way home until Christmas, but my elf friends are helping me fix up an internet connection here, although I’m pretty sure they don’t really know what that means. Meanwhile, you can contact my colleague at [email protected] or wait until I get back to you, whenever that is. [SOURCE]
  7. I am out of the office right now, and will not be back until 2nd January 2015. For any enquiries about Marketing, please contact [email protected] For any general enquiries, you can [email protected] For a great Christmas movie, you can check out Frozen. [SOURCE]
  8. I am out of the office for my annual year-end vacation and will not be able to check my mail until after the New Year. If I do not reply you after, your email was probably lost in the virtual black hole that is my inbox. Please feel free to resend the email after 2nd January 2015. [SOURCE]
  9. Hi. I’m thinking about what you’ve just sent me. Please wait by your PC for my response. [SOURCE]
  10. I will be out of the office from 6/11 thru 6/17 – returning to my desk on 6/21. If you have questions about life, ask Siri. If you have an emergency, dial 911. If you wish to speak to an operator, press or say ‘zero’. If you want to save a lot of money on your car insurance, contact GEICO. If you have information which may lead to an arrest in the murder case of Jon Benet Ramsey, contact the Colorado Springs Sheriff’s Department. If you know the whereabouts of known terrorists, contact the United States Department of Defense. If you know who shot J.R., contact the Dallas Police Department. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, call …. The A-Team. If the A-Team is unavailable, call Ghostbusters. [SOURCE]

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