10 Best Out of Office Message Examples for Medical Leave

If you have to be out of the office for medical leave, work should be the last thing on your mind. A proper out of office message can help ease some of those worries, making people aware that you will be out of the office but still providing them with contact information to get help during your absence.

A good out of office message includes the following important information: a date for your return (if known), who is a point of contact during your leave, and any other pertinent information that may apply to your position.

Then, if you feel comfortable, you can share why you’re out of the office, based on your personal preference.

The type of message may vary based on your position, but we have created 10 of the best out of office messages for you to consider using during your leave to remove a little stress from your life of needing to create your own.

Please remember that you can customize, combine and delete elements that are not relevant to your personal situations.

These messages will give you a great start so you can worry about your recovery. You will be back to work in no time, and the perfect message will set you up for success when you get there.

Message for No Return Date

Thank you for your message. I am currently out of the office on medical leave. If you need assistance during my absence, please contact [NAME] at [CONTACT INFORMATION]. Otherwise, I will respond to your message upon my return.

Thank you and take care,

[NAME]

Message for Known Return Date

Thank you for reaching out. I am on medical leave and will be out of the office until [MONTH DATE]. Please reach out to [NAME] at [CONTACT INFORMATION] for immediate assistance. I look forward to reconnecting once I am back in the office.

Have a great day and thanks,

[NAME]

Message for Long-Term Leave

Thank you for your email. I am currently on long-term medical leave and will be back on [MONTH DATE]. I appreciate your understanding and patience during this time. [NAME], [CONTACT INFORMATION], can help you in my stead, and all other matters will be handled upon my return. 

Thank you and all the best,

[NAME]

Message for Specific Project Contacts, Known End Date

I am currently out of the office, taking medical leave until [MONTH DATE]. If you have been working with me on a specific project, please contact the person listed below. All general inquiries can be handled by [NAME] at [CONTACT INFORMATION].

· [PROJECT], [NAME], [CONTACT]

· [PROJECT], [NAME], [CONTACT]

· [PROJECT], [NAME], [CONTACT]

I appreciate your patience during this time and have a fantastic day.

Thanks,

[NAME]

Message for Specific Project Contacts, Unknown End Date

I am on medical leave. If you need help with the following projects, please reach out to the person listed below. They are prepared to help you on all matters until my return.

· [PROJECT], [NAME], [CONTACT]

· [PROJECT], [NAME], [CONTACT]

· [PROJECT], [NAME], [CONTACT]

General questions can be answered by [NAME], [CONTACT INFORMATION]. Thank you for your understanding.

Best,

[NAME]

Message for Connected Medical Leave, Known End Date

I am on medical leave but checking messages periodically. If urgent, contact [NAME] at [CONTACT INFORMATION] or text me at [NUMBER]. Non-urgent matters will be handled when I get back in the office on [MONTH DATE].

Best,

[NAME]

Message for Connected Medical Leave, Unknown End Date

Thanks so much for reaching out. I am on medical leave but will be responding to messages throughout the duration of my leave. [NAME], [CONTACT INFORMATION], can provide immediate assistance. I will respond to all other messages when I am back in the office.

Thank you,

[NAME]

Message for Specific Leave

Thank you for your email. I am currently on medical leave for [CONDITION] and will be out of the office until further notice. [NAME], [CONTACT], will be your go-to person during this time. I’ll be back soon to fight another day soon, so until then, all the best.

Thanks,

[NAME]

Generic Message for Nonspecific Leave, Known End Date

I will be out of the office on leave until [MONTH DATE]. Please reach out to [NAME] at [CONTACT] for assistance if needed. I look forward to connecting on all projects and messages when I’m back.

Thanks,

[NAME]

Generic Message for Nonspecific Leave, Unknown End Date

Thanks for your email. I am on leave and will be out of the office. [NAME], [CONTACT], will help you until I get back. 

Have a good day,

[NAME]

The Perfect Medical Leave Out of Office Message

Your out of office message when you’re on medical leave should reflect your personal preferences and how much information you want to give out to people.

If known, information like your return date is excellent to include, as is information about whom to contact in your absence.

If you prefer to include your personal number or other contact information, that is up to you; just make sure you’re not violating any policies.

Including this information will help people continue to progress projects and other work with little to no disruption, which is helpful to prevent additional stress during your medical leave. 

You may or may not want to include specific information about whatever your treatment is. For example, suppose you’re on medical leave because you had a baby.

In that case, people may want to know that and send you congratulations and well wishes. But, if you are receiving specific treatment for a long-term illness, you may wish to leave out that information.

Again, it is your personal preference, and it is no one’s business unless you want to include it.

The above examples are great starts to your medical leave out of office message. You can use them entirely or mix and match to sound more like you.

You must include a message to recover without focusing on work. You will be back before you know it, so focus on getting better without work stress.

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