What Are Examples of Good Telephone Greetings?

Good telephone greetings for a work number consist of the employee's name, company name, a statement that indicates that the employee cannot take the call right now, invitation for the caller to leave a voicemail and when the caller can expect a call back. A good length for a telephone greeting is 20 to 25 seconds.

A good telephone greeting gives the caller the impression that the employee is pleasant and professional. The tone should convey that the employee cares about the caller and the matter he is calling about.

The following are a few examples of good telephone greetings:

"Hello. This is Joe Doe at XYZ Corporation. I cannot take your call right now, but if you could please leave me a detailed message after the tone I will return your call as soon as I can. Thank you for your call!"

"You’ve reached the office of Joe Doe at XYZ Corporation. I am currently on the other line or away from my desk. If you would like, please leave a message after the tone, and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thank you for calling XYZ Corporation."

"Hi. Thank you for calling Joe Doe at XYZ Corporation. He is away from the phone right now. Please leave your name, phone number and a brief message so that he can get back to you as soon as he can."