The New York Times Challenges Employees to Rethink Their Out of Office Messages

To unplug or not to unplug, that is the question. However you choose to define your vacation, an out-of-office message can be the key to relaying  your boundaries to others. Tim Herrera reveals some tips to craft the perfect out of office message to help you make the most of your time off:

On the one hand, we’d all love to fully detach from the office and free our minds to wander. But with that sometimes comes a nagging sense of dread as our inbox fills with unread notes from colleagues: If I’m too unavailable, will I be … forgotten? Will people think I’m unreliable? Or worse, will I be exposed as simply redundant and unnecessary?

According to a study this year from time-off advocacy group Project: Time Off, nearly a quarter of people said “guilt” discourages them from taking time off work in the first place. And 43 percent said the “mountain of work they would return to” stops them. Even when we do take a vacation, having phones nearby is inhibiting our ability to relax and recharge.