I thought the O3 area may be the appropriate place to post this question... how do you handle communication/updates when YOU are on vacation?
I have a tight schedule this March (2 days w/consultant, 1 week vacation, 1 day back in office, 2 days at MT conference in Chicago, 2 more days with consultant- this is all consecutive mind you, and it starts March 13th). Essentially, I'll be out of the loop for 12 business days.
In the past, I've had my DR's just write down some notes, but I've never felt I completely "caught up" when I got back.
I am thinking of this email below (as well as a quick stand up w/DR's). Any thoughts?
Keep a daily log of your 1) activities/accomplishments, 2) radar items (customer issues, ee issues), 3) things we need to discuss when I return. It's almost the same as your O3's! See example below*.
I prefer email, but if you must write on paper... that's fine, too
Reports are due Monday 03/24/08 6AM and Monday 03/31/08 6AM (Hint: send them the Friday or Saturday before)
If you need me between 03/24/08 thru 03/28/08, call and leave a voice mail OR send an email and I will get back to you as soon as I can
BUSINESS AS USUAL
Please hold Staff Meetings on Thursday 3/20 and Thursday 3/27 (you guys can decide who'll be the "facilitator")
See George with major problems
Monday March 17 2008
Went to ... and ...
Talked to ... about
Heard that ...
Found out... here's what I think...
Met with... he would like to... I recommend...