It’s typically the little things that greatly impress or completely annoy. Here’s a few of my pet peeves around auto replies – tell me yours in the reactions.
p.s. The first one is what started this post.
Referring to yourself in the third person
The email comes from you … why does it say “Mary Smith is out of the office until Sep 15. She will reply upon her return”. Was it set up by her admin, is she royalty … or do the voices in Mary’s head tell her to refer to herself in the third person? That’s more of a personal pet peeve, but I think it sets a pretentious tone.
Turn it off when you return
Add a note to your calendar if it helps you to remember, but turn it off the day you state you will be back. There’s nothing worse than getting an email on September 10 stating “I will be out of the office returning August 5”. August 5 … 2010?
Send one auto reply per sender
Don’t change the setting that ensures each person emailing during your absence receives only one auto reply. Unless everyone you deal with is obtuse, one auto reply is sufficient. And, don’t set it up so every person CC’d or BCC’d get’s an auto reply. It’s very annoying trying to determine why you just received an auto reply to someone you have not emailed!