I thought this HBR article had some interesting ideas for Entrepreneurial Businesses - rather than set a generic 'out of office' message why not see it as an opportunity to connect with customers, contacts and colleagues? Michelle Gielan framed it in a really neat way

  • share the meaning for why you are away from the office (this is a great conversation starter for the next time you connect);
  • share a resource that your audience will appreciate (whether an interesting/ useful article or the best person for them to contact in your absence) and;
  • customise your message (for internal and external audiences).

Let your 'out of office' reflect your business's brand and values.