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Fellow Members of the Tribe: what is your out of office email for Yom Kippur and how stringent are you about (not) checking your phone/emails?

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I usually don’t say why I’m OOO but for the holidays I do. I want people to feel bad for bothering me.

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I didn’t add any specificity into the OOO. Gave lots of advance notice to all my teams and planning to be off the grid🙂

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I’m off for all Jewish holidays. I don’t check emails till afterwards. I put in my OOO that I’m out of pocket till holiday ends. Never been an issue and never felt bad about it. But I’m the guy working Christmas Day if needed.

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Totally agree, but I worked in NYC where it’s a slow day on Wall Street and half the office is gone. Office staff also I think tracked the Jewish calendar. I left my devices in cupboard. Can’t carry anything in your pockets anyway. Unless it’s pikuach nefesh, I wouldn’t know about it and wouldn’t respond.

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I usually don’t specify why I’m out of the office but for the High Holidays I will say I’m out due to my religious observance. During RH I will glance at my inbox just long enough to ascertain that there are no emergencies but on YK I try not to even do that. I will go through emails the second the holiday is over though (after I’ve eaten)

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I have learned that people are more respectful and don’t blow up your inbox if you give the reason for being out. I picked this up from another MOT at a large firm. He gave the reason for being out, named the holiday and said that e-mail and voicemail wouldn’t be checked during that time. I have adopted this approach. And I turn my computer and cell phone off.

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I put why I’m out in my OOO and I do not check the phone at all. I am not shomer shabbos, but I draw a hard line about the high holidays. I remind the people I work with nearly constantly in the lead up, but there is always someone who forgets. I get at least one “remind me when you’re out this week?” email on a high holiday each year. The OOO with the reason I am out answers that question and then they go “doh! She told me” and move on with their days without me. There is absolutely nothing so urgent about this job that cannot be covered by someone else for you or moved for Yom Kippur.

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I never used to put up an OOO at all, everyone I worked with knew I'd be unresponsive, and it was only 1 day. I wouldn't check my email at all, till after break-fast. An easy and meaningful fast to all who observe!

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I'm Reform, but I usually keep tabs on my email but don't work any actual work.

I’m reform. I take the day and try not to take calls, and put up an OOO saying I’m out for Yom Kippur. Probably easier in NYC than some other places. I try not to schedule calls but would take an urgent call with a client. I look a bit at emails but try not to

My last firm was heavily Jewish, so everyone knew the office was going to be slow for certain holidays. No one put up an OOO because the reason someone was out was assumed. And no one expected responses from anyone who was out for the day. But my new firm is larger, and it’s less of a firm culture thing here. So it’s very appreciated when people put up an OOO, even if it doesn’t explain why. (I don’t really care why. I assume anyone with an OOO up won’t be responding to emails.) And you should not respond to anything while you’re out. Religious holidays should be respected.

I don’t check my emails at all. In my internal out of office I say for Yom Kippur, but external just say I am out.

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