Brilliant Vacation Auto-Reply Will Make You Appreciate Vacation

Most vacation e-mail auto-replies are either annoying or boring. This one makes you think.

'Tis the season of vacation, and thus the season of vacation-related email auto-responders. Journalists have the pleasure of receiving many of these canned emails, usually of the "Out of the office until date X" variety, annoying chiefly because they remind you that you are working while others are not, and that you need to send yet another email.

Some auto-responders go above and beyond, however, usually by being
obnoxious and lacking self-awareness. The below—sent by the email client of Joe Dinkin, communications director of the Working Families Party—is not one of those. It’s the rare positive example: an auto-response that is informative and does real work.


Thanks for your email. I’m on vacation this week…

It occurs to me that I’m lucky to be able take a vacation. After all, almost one in four Americans don’t get any paid vacation time at all. Around a third don’t get any paid sick days. On top of that, Americans are working more hours — family work hours are up more than 10% since the 1970s. And even though productivity and corporate profits are high, household income is stagnant or declining for everyone but the top 1%.

Here in New Brunswick, workers are guaranteed two weeks vacation time. And in addition to Canada’s famous single payer healthcare system, the minimum wage is $10 an hour. (No funny math with conversion rates — that’s $9.65 in US dollars.) Oh, and don’t forget about the employment insurance-paid sick leave and maternity leave.

Sounds pretty good, right? It’s also supposed to be 10 or 15 degrees cooler here.

-Joe Dinkin

It makes you appreciate your next vacation, if you’re lucky enough to have one.

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  • lars

    Hey, I can beat that, i am Danish and we have min 5 weeks of paid vacation (I have 7), free health care, free schools, free universities and you get app $US 1000 a month in allowances from the state for up to 5 years of education. And 12 month maternity leave. Hey guess we are lucky too.

  • Denise || ispasiyo.com

    Why do so mont people feel the need to find fault in a positive article? :(

  • Scott Byorum

    @negative commentors:
    Yeah!  Workers suck!  Positive conscientious people suck!  America rules because we treat people like shit!  If you get sick, please die quick so we don't have to see your stupid face anymore and pay for it, you welfare queen hippies!

  • windskisong

    Lower average wages, few innovative companies, higher actual costs of everything, wait weeks or years for necessary treatments. Yeah, that smug, arrogant, and blindered fool would effectively stop any contact from anyone with contact with reality with that pious e-mail. Blech. Please, don't ever do anything like this if you wish to retain a job or client unless you work for.. a progressive lobbying firm like this guy.

  • Todd Bernhard

    I wonder if he's taking his vacation in the U.S.?

    ...and if he is, I hope he purchased temporary insurance, because he'll be screwed by our healthcare costs in the event of an emergency!

  • R_Replies

    Makes you appreciate being a Canadian on vacation. Medicare 
    Maternity Leave
    Paid Vacation
    Generous Minimum Wage