We liked this autorespond message that a guy named Josh Kopelman left for his customers while on vacation, according to Ragan’s PR Daily:
“I am currently out of the office on vacation.
I know I’m supposed to say that I’ll have limited access to email and won’t be able to respond until I return — but that’s not true. My blackberry will be with me and I can respond if I need to. And I recognize that I’ll probably need to interrupt my vacation from time to time to deal with something urgent.
That said, I promised my wife that I am going to try to disconnect, get away and enjoy our vacation as much as possible. So, I’m going to experiment with something new. I’m going to leave the decision in your hands …”
Nothing like honesty. Sure, you have the power, but really — would you want to interrupt this guy when he’s trying to wind down? After all, he’s thrown himself on your mercy. Can’t you spare a bit of that?