Are you OOO or OV, or TTDO?

In this sense, OOO means “out of office”. What exactly does that mean to you? What comes to mind when you send an email and get an auto-generated “out of office” email message in return?

I’m really curious about this.

I’m wondering because without fail, every single time I put that OOO message on my email, I hear “hope you enjoyed your time off” when I get back to the office – even though I’ve usually been working…just off site.

Do you assume when you get an “out of the office” message that the sender is on vacation? I don’t, but maybe I’m just old-school.

I’m wondering how much of this new assumption is due to our obsession with social media, and being connected 24/7. We post status updates on Facebook, check in via Foursquare at the local restaurant when we’re out to dinner, and geotag our photos from vacation.

My point is, when we’re looking for someone, we know how to reach them – all the time. They’re just a Facebook message, Twitter DM, or text message away.

But when we actually choose to say “hey, I’m not available today”, out of courtesy to our clients and customers, it’s assumed that we’re taking time off.

Maybe OOO is too broad for these times. Maybe we need to start saying AAC (at a client’s), AAC (at a conference), OV (on vacation) or TTDO (taking the day off).

Or maybe OOO is just fine, and we don’t need to explain where we are and what we’re doing to anyone – out of courtesy or for any other reason.

Thoughts? Let’s hear them!

  • Very good point, Lisa! I guess I’m old school like you . . . I don’t jump to conclusions when I get an automatic response.

    On the other hand, I don’t create a “not available” message unless I’m truly on vacation.

    • That’s a strategy to consider, Mary. If I’m just out for a day I typically don’t. But if I’m out for two then I feel like I should…but maybe I don’t. Hmmm…..

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