Will you be an out-of-office boaster this bank holiday weekend?

PUBLISHED: 11:10 25 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:56 25 August 2017

Couple in green on a beach at Maldives

Couple in green on a beach at Maldives


Do you use your summer out-of-office message to boast about your holidays?

It can seem there’s no escape from the idealised and photo-filtered lives led by Faceboasting friends on social media – but now the phenomenon has arrived in the office.

Social media is being blamed for a trend of office workers using their out-of-office emails to brag about their summer holidays, glamourous lifestyles and even new babies.

And as many workers prepare to cut off their email access over of the bank holiday weekend, one company has compiled a list of the most toe-curling examples its staff have received this summer.

Have you seen worse? Leave your comments below.

The once sober out-of-office auto-responder is increasingly being loaded up with boasts about how much fun the worker is having while they are away from the office, claims

Brags include details of the person’s holidays, their access to glamorous sporting events and landmark life events such as weddings and new babies. Some even attached photographs, while others mask their boasting with self-deprecation, turning it into the hated ‘humblebrag’.

Some of the worst examples include:

• “Thanks for the email, I’ve been very lucky and managed to get tickets to Wimbledon so won’t be back in the office now until Friday the 7th.”

• “I am currently soaking up the sun and eating allllll the feta cheese in Greece.”

• “I’m taking a long weekend to reorganise my stamp collection.”

• “Last autumn, my wife and I started working on a little project. It got off to an exciting start; then things got a bit bumpy; but we’ve even managed to deliver on our objective two weeks early. I hope you’ll be as pleased with the results as we are… [Picture of baby] I’m off for a couple of weeks for a thorough debrief.”

• “I’ve abandoned London, flown across the pond and set up camp in NYC for the summer to work for a cool magazine, drink cocktails and eat bagels.”

• “I am away with my family dancing, meditating, eating lovely food and taking part in fun interesting workshops at a festival so won’t be picking up any emails.”

• “I am away at a festival meditating, walking mindfully, eating lovely vegan food, meeting new and old friends, recharging and enjoying the sunflowers in France.”

• “Something old, new, borrowed and blue,

My friend’s about to say ‘I do’,

So as I walk her down the aisle,

I won’t check emails for a while.”

• “Here’s some news: I’ve bid adieu to this job in order to variously pursue projects of my own and to trek off to Sri Lanka for a volunteering venture.”

• “I’m on a trip trying to find Komodo Dragons in Indonesia.”

Chris Meredith of the company said social media has blurred the boundaries of what should and should not be shared for many office workers.

“We are all used to seeing people share details of how incredible their lives are on social media and many of us feel a need to compete or keep up with others who seem to be leading a more perfect life than we are,” he said.

“What we are seeing is a trend of social media infecting professional communications so workers are sharing far more on their auto responders than they ever would if they were emailing some of these professional contacts directly.”

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