What is your "office"?
Why do we have an office? For must of us, it's so that we can have a physical location in which to receive and send emails, make calls, access files, visit Web sites, write documents, build spreadsheets and tweet.
We're all familiar with the ubiquitous "out of office" messages that are the automatic response to emails received when we're physically out of the office - we create them when we're physically removed from our office. But, in an era in which our notebooks and mobile devices can receive and send emails, allow us to make calls, access files, visit Web sites, write documents, build spreadsheets and tweet, what does an "office" really mean? Not much. With unified communications systems that build on all of these capabilities, an office means even less.
So why do we still use "out of office" messages?