In the out of office email message set for my recent holiday, I wrote about escaping the Gippsland winter and taking my own advice of putting my oxygen mask on first to recharge. I also encouraged others to do the same.

I received multiple responses during my time away commenting on my message, thanking me for the reminder and wishing me well.Out of office messages can be a chance to create a connection with your colleagues and clients.

You don’t have to go into detail about your personal life, or write an essay explaining exactly what you’re up to, but putting a bit of thought into what you write can ensure your message serves the dual purpose of letting people know you’re away, while also building relationships.

Check out this article in the Harvard Business Review to find out more: