Poll: Do you usually set out-of-office replies if you're away from your desk for less than one day?
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Sep 24, 2014

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you usually set out-of-office replies if you're away from your desk for less than one day?".

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Sometimes Sep 24, 2014

It depends where I'm going. If I'm going to a funeral or hospital appointment or somewhere where I can't be disturbed, then I will. If I'm just going out for lunch or shopping, etc. then I won't!

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Marjolein Snippe  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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yes, if Sep 24, 2014

I do if I plan to be away for more than a few hours. Being away for me means not reading my emails and with the fairly short deadlines I tend to work with, clients need to know why I am not replying and when they can expect a reply.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Other Sep 24, 2014

Not usually, but I might, depending on circumstances. I usually only leave these messages when I'm away for a whole day or more.
Sometimes if I'm going to be away all morning, for example at the hospital/tax office/etc I might leave a message, but not always.


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Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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Other Sep 24, 2014

I have a habit of leaving them on all the time.

These things have a lot to answer for. Almost daily my Scandi customers cause me almost physical pain by saying "I'm out of office" even though they can't all be failed politicians.


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EvaVer  Identity Verified
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No Sep 24, 2014

Because I don't know how!

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Alberto Montpellier  Identity Verified
Cuba
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No Sep 24, 2014

I check my email on my phone, so I'm almost always at hand for clients. However, since the data network rates here are so high, I only check my email (when out of office) manually. Sometimes a rush job has come up and I haven't responded for some hours, so I've lost some.

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Elías Sauza  Identity Verified
Mexico
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Not anymore Sep 24, 2014

Not anymore in these days of mobile devices.

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John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
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Nice Sep 24, 2014

Chris S wrote:

Almost daily my Scandi customers cause me almost physical pain by saying "I'm out of office" even though they can't all be failed politicians.



Good one


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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
Mexico
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No Sep 24, 2014

That was an old "technic" used in the 90s when we had no electronic handheld devices.

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Carolin Popp  Identity Verified
Germany
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Phone service is often bad Sep 24, 2014

As I live in a very rural area, phone service isn't always good so I can't check my emails anywhere. Better be safe setting an out-of-office reply, than sorry.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Japanese to English
No Sep 25, 2014

It's not necessary - I don't do rush jobs. So, I don't have to be contacted in an emergency, jump to attention and get back to them right away. 95% of work I get lasts longer than 3 or 4 days and sometimes 2 or 3 months.

Besides, I give my mobile No. to my best customers to contact me only in an 'emergency', a practice which they are good enough to observe.


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