I will be going on an extended vacation, but I will be working for half the time. Kind of like half digital nomad, half on PTO.

Is there a term for this? I'm supposed to mark my calendar when I'm on vacation, but if I put OOO (out of office), it implies that I'm not available.

How do I indicate that I won't be in the office, but I'm still available for work, meetings, etc.

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    "I'm on vacation but will still be working." That's a bit of an oxymoron. You're either on vacation or you're not. If you plan on working then say "I'll be out of the office but will be available." If you don't plan on working then say "I'll be out of the office and will not be available." – joeqwerty May 3 '19 at 1:28
  • Equivalent to stating "Working from home" although it's not exactly home in your case... – Solar Mike May 3 '19 at 11:45
  • @SolarMike - "remote" fits the bill in my workplace. – Laconic Droid May 3 '19 at 12:43
  • I'm having trouble rectifying: "I will be working for half the time" with "but I'm still available for work, meetings, etc" Are you only available for specific hours? Or are you available any time, but will not be working a full schedule? If you're working "part time" certainly there has to be some mechanism to throttle your work, other than just indicating you're not physically at your desk? – dwizum May 3 '19 at 13:56
  • @joeqwerty to make it clearer, I'm usually a digital nomad, so I work while traveling, but I'm still expected to work 8 hours per day. I'd be expected to show up for all meetings. Now, I'm on PTO, but I don't mind doing some work, since we have unlimited vacation days. I want to indicate that I will be working less than 8h/day and I may not show up for meetings, but I'm still available for urgent tasks. – Leo Jiang May 3 '19 at 20:56

This varies case to case, but Outlook's calendar has a Show as drop-down value called Working elsewhere specifically for this.

If you're using Outlook, you should mark your unavailable time as Away, which shows up as a hard-to-miss purple block on your calendar. The rest of your time could either just be left open or marked as Working elsewhere.

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If you aren't using Outlook, use similar calendar functionality to clearly distinguish when you are available and when you are not.

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