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02.10.2019 (162 Days Ago)

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Away? really?
Away? really?
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Friday’s Times opinion page contained a column with an interesting title, “The Moral Indecency of the Away Message.” I only use a permanent away message for my AOL account which I elected not to regularly use almost a decade ago. I changed in a point of personal pique. Anyone interest in that back story, we can chat over a drink....or coffee. AOL does not permit auto forwarding of mail so all I could do is post an away message with instructions to resend to a different email address. To this day, it remains the only time I use an “away “message.

The columnist, who generally covers bigger issues of the day, found that away messages only apply in certain circumstances. He “suggests” an away message only really applies where its sender finds the recipient matters less. David Brooks argues that where the sender of the away message recognizes the “emailer” as the more important/ more powerful party in that relationship, the sender will compose and send an actual reply.

Fascinating stuff. I’ve received my share of real replies after getting that automatic away message. Never really gave it a thought.

Have you?

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  •  Fred wrote 162 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I can think of a number of individuals that I would like to be put away...
     
       
     
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  •  Tessa_Marquis wrote 162 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    The "away" message is helpful so that I can capture the communication info for others in the organization who I should target for business. Usually these contacts are less "away".

    But I love the Aways that say: I will return on 1/1/2019 - cause that means they got fired over the holidays.
     
       
     
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  •  CarlyMeyer wrote 162 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    It communicates respect and consideration to the person reaching out. Reaching out is a beautiful act of connecting. Applying value to those wishing to connect is important.
     
       
     
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  •  SoniaSaleh wrote 161 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    In this era of instant response and gratification, I think its important to let someone know they may not hear from you immediately.
     
       
     
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  •  Daniel_Schwartz wrote 161 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I only use it on email when I really am away on vacation or other long leave. If always offers a contact with phone to reach in my absence which is important in my line of work. I do often answer back if it is urgent with an email back. Never really on vacation I guess.
     
       
     
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  •  Rona_Gura wrote 161 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I actually like it. I know one attorney who has an auto-reply that basically says that she reviews all emails after office hours(she represents kids and is in court most days) and will respond at the end of the day. I think it graciously gives the recipient a real expectation as to when they will hear back.
     
       
     
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  •  Tessa_Marquis wrote 161 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Pleased to see that @Fred and I are the lone Snarkers. Love the positive comments from others! very Gothamly.
     
       
     
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  •  MarilynGenoa wrote 161 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    In this era when we’re never really “away”, there are times when someone truly will not be able to respond to an email and I do appreciate when a colleague lets me know that. As an aside, thank you Corey I am now going to put a permanent away message on an old AOL account Never realized I could do that
     
       
     
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  •  Steven_Lichtenstein wrote 161 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Most people forget to turn off their away message when they return. Thankfully I have auto turn-off capability on Office 365. These days with our connected culture; are we ever REALLY “away” anyway ?
     
       
     
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