Automatic Reply celebrates the pithy, surprising or otherwise amusing “out-of-office” email messages pinging around workplaces.
Harvard University does not have an atmospheric sciences program for undergraduates, but that did not stop Matthew Cappucci from studying it. “I was a little department of one,” he said. “I took classes in five different departments. I went to M.I.T. a couple days a week, I took mainly grad school classes, and tried to wrap all that into one concentration.”
Even more unique than his undergraduate major, though, was his out-of-office message:
“I get out-of-office email responders from bosses and from colleagues and they’re always so templative and boring,” Cappucci said. “So I figured I’d spruce mine up a little bit … it was late at night when I was making it. I was trying to think of what my hopes and dreams were and I poured them all into one email message.”
It’s your turn. Tell us about an unusual out-of-office message you’ve seen.