I wonder how much better work could be if we all started to use this email auto-respond (because it isn’t in fact an out-of-office):
I try to keep email to a minimum so that I can spend more time with my clients, partners, team and my family.
If you need to speak to me urgently then phone is always best – my number is [blank].
Otherwise, if you’re a client or partner of [company name here], I’ll always aim to reply to any urgent messages within 24 hours.
I received this from a contact of mine today, and it’s really made me think about my original approach to him, and how much of a problem email culture is.