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September 27, 2023

Discussion Item: What Do You Do With Your Email When You Quit?

This seems timely since 'tis the season to draft your farewell email and fantasize about 30 different ways to tell your firm to stick it before you subject yourself to just one more busy season.

The following discussion item comes from Corporette (by way of ATL):

What do you do with your company email after you quit your job?  When you go on vacation, most of you probably set up an out-of-office message to tell anyone who sends you an email that you’ll be back soon — but do you do an OOO message for when you’ve quit? Reader M is heading to a new firm and wonders what will happen to incoming messages after she’s gone:

I am an attorney and am leaving my firm next week to go to a new firm. I conduct a lot of email correspondence with not only opposing counsel(s), but clients and vendors. It is not possible for me to notify everybody I correspond with that I am leaving, but my fear is they will email me after I leave and get no response. Is there a way for me to fix this problem? Should I post an autoreply? If so, what should it say? I don’t think my firm will pull down my email address immediately.

We’ve talked about how to quit gracefully, and what to say in a maternity leave email, but we haven’t covered goodbye or “I no longer work here” messages. I’m curious what the readers say here, because I suspect this is going to vary widely by company, as well as maybe region and practice area.

Forget that this was written for lawyers as it applies to any working professional who has ever sent a single email.

What say ye, capital market servants?

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