Enjoying your vacation? How can you, when you have that nagging urge to check your email, and the added anxiety of returning to a mountain of email upon your return?
Arianna Huffington’s wellness company, Thrive Global, adopted a simple solution: During the time an employee is on vacation, new emails are deleted and the sender is urged to callback later.
“Thank you for your email. I am out of the office … please email me again when I return as this email will be deleted“
Their tool, Thrive Away, takes the pressure off employees to respond to the emails received during vacation. But you don’t need to work at Thrive to employ this strategy. Here are instructions on how to set up your own Delete-and-Reply VacationAutoResponder using Outlook.
Creating a Delete-and-Reply Rule in Outlook
Click File and select Automatic Replies.
Check Send automatic replies.
Check Only send during this time range and set vacation time.
Leave Inside my organization field blank.
Click Outside my organizatIon tab and enter a ‘.’
(This field is required, but will be superseded by the rule template).
Check Delete and Reply with, then click Template.
Enter reply text (for example, “Sorry I’m not home right now, I’m walking on a spiderweb..in Ibizia. Your message has been shredded into less than nothingness. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or re-email me when and if I return”).
For Afghanistan, Egypt, and Pakistan their weekend starts Thursday at sunset, running from Friday through Saturday.
In Malaysia, based upon which part of the country your in, it’s either Saturday thru Sunday, or Friday thru Saturday.
Brunei Darussalam‘s non-contiguous weekend is on Friday and Sunday.
Costa Rica, North Korea and Uganda get only one day, Sunday, as a weekend.
As a follow-up to last week’s post here’s the international solution to calculating workdays.
Returns the number of whole workdays between two dates using parameters to indicate which and how many days are weekend days. Weekend days and any days that are specified as holidays are not considered as workdays.