- Next trainer development cohort 10th - 14th June 2024

The best OOO yet?

13th December, 2023

The best OOO yet?

We’re nearly there.


The sofa, mince pies and Celebrations are calling.


The Arnold family will soon be arguing about whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie (it’s clearly not), how much gravy is too much gravy (more, it’s totally more) and who gets to sit on the sofa with the best view of the telly (me, obvs).


I’ll set my out-of-office (OOO) message on Friday.


But what to write…?


Since the pandemic, I see more refreshingly personalised OOO messages, rather than the stale old ‘I will be out of the office from…’  


(Do you remember last year I encouraged you to Outhorse Your Email?!)


But recently, I’ve seen some of these OOO messages morph into virtue-signalling 3-part mini-dramas:


‘I’m out of the office enjoying quality time with my three beautiful children, Hecuba, Roman and Dante.  We will be in Nicaragua working on an eco-project to rehome endangered sea slugs.

I’ll be implementing a full digital detox so I can be my authentic best self, as a Project Manager, father, husband and citizen of the world.’




So, after last week’s musings on AI, I found a much better alternative:















Good, right?!


It just leaves me to wish you and your family happy, happy holidays.


Thank you for welcoming me into your inbox this year – it’s been a joy writing to you.


See you in 2024!

University of Cambridge


- Next trainer development cohort 10th - 14th June 2024

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