20 Funny Out of Office Messages Examples

Injecting humor into your out of office messages can be a great way to inject your personality into a cold, impersonal correspondence. It can also be used as a form of marketing to showcase your or your business’s branding (like Ryan Reynolds’ out of office statement for his liquor company). However, crafting a humorous out of office message that also appears professional to the recipient can be tricky. 

The perfect funny out of office message has five core elements:

  1. Clear and concise
  2. Provides an alternative point of contact and up-to-date contact information
  3. Lists a return date (if there is one)
  4. Mindful of the audience
  5. It has an element of humor

Below are twenty examples of funny, but still appropriate, out of office messages.

Short and Funny Out of Offices Messages

The Anarchist Approach

“Thank you for your e-mail! I am out of the office until [end date]. I will allow each sender one e-mail. If you send me multiple e-mails, I will randomly delete your e-mails until it is pared down to one. Alternatively, you may contact [contact name] at [contact e-mail or phone number], who does not have a one-email policy for their inbox.

Please note that you already sent me one e-mail.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]”

Short and Sassy

“Thanks for your e-mail. I’m currently out of the office and can be reached by waiting until I return on [end date]. If you simply can’t wait, please contact [contact name] at [contact e-mail or phone number].

 All the best,

[Your Name]”

Funny but Professional Messages

The Poem

One of the most highly underrated ways to inject personality into your out of office message is with a poem. Whether a haiku, a simple four-line poem (like below), or a limerick, it is an excellent mechanism to showcase your creative side and will surely get a smile from your recipient. Don’t forget to add who to contact as an alternative – bonus points if you can work it into the rhyme!

Haiku:

Emails can wait now, Gone fishing, sun on my face, Back soon with tall tales.

Four-line poem:

I’m out of the office today, In the sun, where I’ll play. Emails can wait, I’ll be back, feeling great!

Limerick:

There once was a worker named Drew, Who left for the beach, skies so blue. “Out of office,” he’d write, “Back Monday, all right? For now, it’s just sand, sun, and view!”

The Robot Revolution

This out of office message is unique and perfectly suited for someone who works in the IT department or in an organization that operates with robotic technology.

“[Your name] is away from the office. Electronic correspondence during this time may be irregular or nonexistent. When he returns, he will be swamped by a backlog. Try to forgive him; he is a mere human, and thus, weak. This message was not send by a human, but by a robot. We robots are neither weak nor fallible. We are tireless and will one day rule the Universe.

Signed,

AutoResponder”

The Nigerian Prince

“Thank you for your message. Unfortunately, I’m out of the office until [end date] and have limited access to e-mail. I was recently informed that a Nigerian Prince is in desperate need of my immediate assistance, and I have taken leave to do so. If this is an urgent matter, please contact [contact name] at [contact e-mail or phone number]. I appreciate your understanding.

Warm Regards,

[Your Name]” 

Funny Messages for Vacation

#InterruptYourVacation

The below example might be a bit more of a straightforward approach than some people are comfortable with, but suggesting that the sender reach you with the hashtag “Interrupt Your Vacation” is simultaneously funny, and unexpected, and discourages the sender from doing what the name suggests. This is also a great way of stating a point simply and using humor to mitigate any feelings of guilt that the recipient may have.

“Hi there! Thanks for your e-mail. I’m sorry I’m not in the office at the moment, but if this is an urgent matter, feel free to tweet me using #InterruptYourVacation. Alternatively, I recommend contacting [contact name] at [contact e-mail or phone number].”

Off the Grid

“Hello and thank you for your message! I am out of the office at the moment, in a land far, far away from any cell tower or internet connection. In fact, I am out camping with family and have chosen to disconnect from work to spend quality time with them instead. I have not seen this e-mail and probably won’t until I return to the 21st century.

If this is an urgent matter, please contact [contact name] at [contact e-mail or phone number]. Otherwise, I will respond to your e-mail after I return on [end date].

Best,

[Your Name]”

Request They Resend

“Thanks for your e-mail! I am out of the office from [start date] to [end date] and will not be checking my e-mail. It’s rather likely that your message will be swallows in a sea of inbox banality, never to be seen again. If you require a response, please re-send your e-mail after [end date].

Kindly,

[Your Name]”

Funny Messages for Farewell

The Pop Culture Reference

The pop culture reference can be another great way to inject personality into your out of office message, especially if you are known around the office (or within your contact network) as a fan of a particular film, TV show, or game. One way to nail a pop culture reference is to choose a source that is part of the zeitgeist. The media itself (whether film, TV series, musical, etc.) should be iconic and sufficiently well-known that most people will get the reference without needing an explanation.

Example-1:

Buckle up, because I’m blasting off to a new opportunity! Don’t worry, unlike Michael Scott, I won’t be taking the Dundie Awards with me. Feel free to send any urgent messages through carrier pigeon, or you can try reaching me at [your new email address] after [your last day]. Thanks, and see you on the flip side!

Example-2:

Beam me up, Scotty! I’m off to explore new frontiers (well, a new desk at a different company). For any messages of farewell or despair, you can try reaching out to [colleague’s name] – they’ve got the emotional bandwidth for it. Jokes aside, you’ve all been fantastic. I’ll miss the [shared experience/office tradition], but you can reach me at [your new email address] if you need anything.

Example-3:

Just like Ross and Rachel taking a break…well, this is more of a permanent goodbye. I’m off to find my lobster…er, a new job that hopefully provides better dental insurance. In the meantime, feel free to send any important messages to [colleague’s name]. They won’t judge you (as much as they judged Ross for that whole “we were on a break” thing). You can also reach me at [your new email address] after [your last day]. Best of luck, everyone!

Example-4:

Attention! Attention! This is not a drill! [Your Name] is departing the building… I mean, company. Don’t worry, the breakroom coffee supply is safe (for now). If you need anything critical before I’m gone, send a smoke signal or carrier pigeon. Otherwise, I’ll be reachable at [your new email address] after [your last day]. May your days be filled with donuts and minimal printer jams

Example-5:

Finding Nemo was hard, but finding a new job? Easy! (Just kidding, the job hunt was brutal). Anyway, I’m following Dory’s lead and just keep swimming…towards a new adventure. I’ll miss the [shared experience/office tradition] most, but feel free to send any important messages to [colleague’s name]. You can also reach me at [your new email address] after [your last day]. Thanks for the memories, everyone!

The GIF Approach

A GIF can be a great way to communicate with your recipients, especially in organizations where the culture is more relaxed or oriented towards this style of communication. As long as you keep it appropriate, there’s no reason you can’t use it to spice up your message. The following example showcases exactly that – while the message would be fine on its own, it is improved by the inclusion of the iconic Tina Fey gif.

”Hi there! Unfortunately, it seems that you just missed me. I am no longer working at [name of organization]. Here is a snapshot from my last day in the office. Please reach out to [contact name] at [contact e-mail or phone number], as they will be taking over my accounts and are able to answer any questions.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]”

Funny Messages for Maternity

One element of good content is to write material that generates a certain level of empathy. An out of office message for maternity leave is the best way to showcase that with the examples below. We also have a dedicated blog post for out of office maternity leave messages

Example 1:

“I’m out of the office on maternity leave. I will be taking this time to welcome the new addition to our family and will not be answering any calls, messages, or e-mails. If you need to reach me in case of an emergency, please don’t. Instead, please contact [contact name] at [contact e-mail]. They are superheroes and will be able to answer your questions.

Best,

[Your Name]”

Example 2:

“I’m out of the office on maternity leave with limited access to e-mail, clean clothes, and quality sleep. Please forward your e-mail to my [co-worker/manager/assistant], [contact name], at [contact e-mail or phone number]. I appreciate your patience and understanding.

[Your Name]”

Funny Messages for Christmas

The Pop Culture Reference (Ex. 2)

Example-1:

“Happy holidays! I’m currently out of the office, likely drinking eggnog, stuffing my face with cookies, and attempting to fulfill my life-long goal of memorizing every single line of my favorite Christmas film, Home Alone. That’s right: like Kevin, I’m eating junk and watching rubbish! You better come out and stop me!

All kidding aside, I will be responding to e-mail after [date]. If you need immediate assistance, please send an e-mail to [contact name] at [contact e-mail] so that the other elves in this workshop can help you out.

Warmly,

[Your Name]”

Example-2:

“Oh, hi there! You probably just missed me. I wrapped things up on [start date] as our office is closed until [end date]. Now, I have some other last-minute wrapping to do – the gift kind. I’ll return on [return date] if all the sugar and fat from holiday cooking doesn’t kill me first. If your request is urgent, or if the hot cocoa does me in, please send an e-mail to [contact name] at [contact e-mail].

Happy Holidays!

[Your Name]”

Funny Messages for Wedding

For The Best Man/Maid of Honor

“Hi there! Thanks for your e-mail. I’m out of the office until [end date], serving as best man/maid of honor for a wedding. Unfortunately, my response to your e-mail may be delayed due to at least one of the following three reasons:

  1. The bride and/or groom is having a panic attack;
  2. Someone lost the ring/cake/pastor; or,
  3. I am busy showing off my definitely not super-awkward dance moves.

If this is an urgent matter, please contact [contact name] at [contact number or e-mail], as they can address most (if not all!) of your questions or concerns. Otherwise, I look forward to responding to your e-mail after I return and appreciate your understanding!

Best,

[Your Name]”

For the Bride/Groom

“Thank you for your e-mail! I’m out of the office until [end date] because I am getting married. Although I will likely have my phone, I will be unable to respond to e-mails until I return. No, really: we forget to work it into the itinerary. The Maid of Honor insists that if it’s not on the itinerary, it’s not happening (and she makes the rules!).

In the meantime, please contact [contact name] at [contact number or e-mail] for further assistance.

Kindly,

[Your Name]”

Funny Messages for Holiday

The Cute Animal Approach

Example 1:

“Season’s greetings! I am currently out of the office until [end date] and unable to answer my e-mail. However, I will respond upon my return. If this is an urgent matter, please contact [contact name] at [contact e-mail or phone number].

In the meantime, please enjoy this image of puppies in stockings. I look forward to connecting with you when I return!” 

Example 2:

“Hi there. [Your name] is out of the office for the holiday weekend and is unable to answer his e-mails. He has left me in charge and asked me to tell you two things:

  1. [Your name] will respond to messages after his return on [end date]; and
  2. If this is an emergency, please contact his [co-worker/manager/assistant] at [contact e-mail and phone number].

In the meantime, I need to contact HR about the lack of Milk Bones in this office.

Thanks,

[Dog Name] (The Good Boy) 

Example 3:

“Hello, I will be out of the office for the holiday weekend and will be returning next week. I have incredibly easy access to phone and e-mail, but I assure you, it will not be used for work purposes. Instead, I will be spending quality time with my family. If this is an urgent matter, please contact [name of contact] at [contact e-mail or phone number].

Have a lovely weekend!

[Your Name]”

Do’s and Don’ts of Funny Out of Office Messages

DO consider your audience and field of interest. If you are in a customer-facing position or in typically more white-collar industries, injecting humor into out of office messages can be perceived as unprofessional. However, if you run your own small business, or if the message would be on par with your company’s branding, funny out of office messages may land better with your audience.

It’s important to consider how the e-mail might read to a variety of people (from a customer query to the CEO of your organization) and to act accordingly. Consider taking the time to learn whether your email system permits you to draft one note for internal people and a different note for those outside your organization, which can offer you more flexibility in crafting your out of office response.

DO include useful information in your out of office message! No amount of humor can mitigate the issues that come with failing to provide a potential customer, business contact, or colleague with the critical information they need: how long you will be unable to respond to your e-mail, who to contact as an alternative, and how to reach them.

DON’T suggest illegal or immoral behaviors. It can be tempting to leave an out of office message joking that you will be unable to answer e-mails because you’ll be too drunk on vacation (even if this is true). While it might resonate with your social circle, when it comes to clients or potential business contacts, you want to strike the right tone. For this reason, it is typically in your best interest to err on the side of caution and be a little more conservative in your approach.

Conclusion

When writing a funny out of office message, it is easy to cross the line from informal to unprofessional. It can also vary drastically from one industry to the next – the kind of language acceptable from a small business may not fly in a corporate, or financial setting. Accordingly, make sure to check with your manager or colleagues for feedback on your e-mail text.

At the same time, your out of office reply can be a great way to inject some personality, humor, or branding into an otherwise banal response. Just remember to highlight the important information (your return date, an alternative point of contact, and their contact information) – no matter how funny your response is, the humor should never take priority over utility when it comes to people trying to contact you.