I will be on maternity leave for 8-12 weeks depending on how I feel about leaving LO at 8 weeks. My company gives me up to 12 but only 8 are paid. So I have the option of cashing in PTO and vacation time for the remaining 4 weeks or taking it unpaid. So.... I was thinking about drafting my out of office message today. I plan on working up to when I go to L&D but thought I should have this message drafted in advance so that I can just turn it on when it's go time...would you include your expected return date or omit it completely since it's not certain? And would you call it a "leave of absence" or actually say you'll be on "maternity leave" ?
Here's a very simple example I found online:
?I?m out of the office on maternity leave. If you need assistance, please contact Jane Doe at _____________.?
Here's another option:
"I am currently on maternity leave and will return X date. Please contact Susy Q for all issues at 123-456-7890. Thank you."
What did you ladies put/plan on putting on your away message? For what it's worth, I work in a medium sized law firm where email is our primary form of communication with clients.