Today I sent out my monthly ezine, Better Writing at Work, to more than 6,000 subscribers. As usual, I received dozens of out-of-office messages. As I read them, I realized they told me a lot about my subscribers’ employers.
For example, I learned which companies and organizations:
- Allow maternity leaves that extend for months.
- Allow paternity leaves.
- Offer employees sabbatical leaves to refresh and rejuvenate themselves.
- Train employees in daylong and weeklong workshops.
- Encourage employees not to respond to email while they are in training.
- Develop teams and departments by having them participate in retreats.
- Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day by closing the office.
- Offer employees bereavement leaves of a week and longer.
- Encourage green business practices.
What does your out-of-office message say about your company?