Quicky out of office messages… yes? Or no?

Published: 22 September 2023

#CuriousMoments with Advita

A few year’s ago, I read a fascinating article about out-of-office (OOO) messages. I was fascinated with what the author wrote about its impact on social interactions and connections.

As someone passionate about individualism and personalisation, I absolutely adore quirky OOO messages. It gives such incredible insight into that person and also the organisation they work for.

When I conduct my inclusive communication audits, I review the traditional things like strategies, comms channels, messages etc. But I’m also a big fan of observing alternative communication channels, like OOO, meeting etiquette, and general workplace chatter.

These often ignored behaviours can say much more about how inclusive a culture is than the formal channels we frequently review. It can teach us how safe people feel if there’s trust amongst peers and leaders, if colleagues feel like they belong, and if people can truly express their individuality in their workplace.

What are your thoughts on things like quirky OOO? Do you think they can give you insights into the culture?


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