The key to a relaxing summer vacation is taking the time to leave your work life in order. The ultimate goal is to have systems in place so business continues smoothly in your absence, your vacation won't be interrupted unnecessarily, and you can return from your trip and back to the office without skipping a beat. Follow these 5 business etiquette tips to assist your colleagues and clients while you are away.
- Let people know when you will be gone. Remind your regular contacts of your vacation schedule a few weeks ahead of time so they can plan projects accordingly. Prior to leaving, create an auto-reply for your email that gives the dates you will be out of the office and also lets others know if (or how often) you will be checking emails. Include the name, phone number and email of an alternate point of contact for those who require immediate assistance. Update your voicemail to reflect your time off and create an outlook reminder to change your greeting upon your return.
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