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?".

This poll was originally submitted by Maciej Burak. View the poll results »



 

Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 09:51
Member
German to English
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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!

 

Marjolein Snippe  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 10:51
Member (2012)
English to Dutch
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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.

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 10:51
Spanish to English
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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.


 

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.


 

EvaVer  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:51
Member (2012)
Czech to English
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No Sep 24, 2014

Because I don't know how!

 

Alberto Montpellier  Identity Verified
Cuba
Member (2014)
English to Spanish
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MODERATOR
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.

 

Elías Sauza  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 03:51
Member (2002)
English to Spanish
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Not anymore Sep 24, 2014

Not anymore in these days of mobile devices.

 

John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 10:51
Spanish to English
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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.


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Good one


 

Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 03:51
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
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No Sep 24, 2014

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

 

Carolin Popp  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 10:51
English to German
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.

 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 17:51
Member (2011)
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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