Chat Client Protip—Out of Office:
With email communication, letting people know you're on vacation is a solved problem—just set your out of office notice. But what about when—like most of us at EE—you communicate primarily via chat client and it's hard to tell if you're just away from desk or on vacation?
Well, one of my co-workers here came up with what I thought was a pretty brilliant solution, which was to change his display name to append "ON VACATION" to it. Now it's pretty darn obvious and personally, I've found it very handy. Will have to try it next time I'm out!