When on Holiday, emails are little darts of evil

Holiday Emails are the Devil

Do you find that you are checking your emails whilst you are on holiday? It is a sin that is now pervasive and damaging.

Checking emails whilst on holiday is the worst of all worlds. You cannot properly action the email, but you also cannot forget about it. It leaves you in a world of anguish, annoyance or stress. Those two weeks in the sun are hard won, expensive and are there to help you unwind, they should not be ruined by emails that your colleagues could deal with.

So here is our life hack to deal with holiday emails. Delete them. That right delete them as soon as you get back into the office.

Okay, it does go deeper than this but, before you leave for holiday you should reach inbox zero. Process your inbox to zero. Deal with every email, if it requires an action put it onto your to do list. Then once you have done this delete the Email apps and other email services from your phone and iPad. Once this has been done you then put on an out of office on that says the following:

“Thank you for your email. I appreciate the time that you have taken to email me.

Currently, I am on annual leave and will not be checking my emails. This email will be deleted and will go unread.

I will be returning on the xxxx at Midday. Please reshedule the message to send for then or if it is urgent please call xxxxx xxxxx and ask for xxxxx.

Thank you for understanding.”

When you get back into the office, delete every email that is sat in your Inbox.

Now I know as you read this you are horrified by the prospect of deleting emails. What if you miss something? I would bet my last dollar, rupee or penny that you would not miss anything and if it is really, really urgent then they will call your office anyway.

The out of office will have made that clear and if it is really important your client or candidate will have to call into the office.

Follow this hack and you will have a more tranquil holiday.


If you are looking for more recruitment hints, tips and tricks why not try our book “Recruitment Hacks” available on Amazon.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s