The corporate urge to not even set an out of office email because I know I will be checking emails all holiday anyways

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Always put OOO even if you are going to check for urgent things. This filters through anything that can wait until after holidays and doesn't deserve stressing about it.

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It’s all about managing expectations for a response. Like C1 said, an OOO helps filter out non-emergencies. If you have an OOO up you can be specific about whether you are completely unavailable (will not be monitoring emails during this time) or if you are checking emails periodically. I always end with “I will respond to your email when I am able.”

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Do people really set OOO for the 25th and 1st? I don’t usually see it unless someone is going to be unavailable for the surrounding days.

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I work with clients and colleagues internationally, and everybody has different public holidays, so we always put OOO.

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