6 Elevator Etiquette to Always Follow Wherever You Are

Elevator rides may not last long, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be courteous to your co-riders. To make these short trips in a confined, crowded space bearable, practice some elevator etiquette. Don’t be that annoying person. Mind these habits to keep your elevator rides perfectly civilized.

  1. Fall in line

Mornings are the busiest times for elevators. Learn from the Japanese: organization is key. Wait for your turn by lining up outside the elevator. Having an orderly system will get you to where you want faster.

  • Avoid squeezing yourself in

The rule is, who waited first will board first. If you happen to be the last person to get on a full lift, be mindful if you’re causing an overload. With overloaded capacity, the elevator door won’t close. Don’t be the stubborn one and cause delay to everyone. Simply step out of the lift and wait for the next ride.

  • Be aware of your position

Avoid inconveniencing anyone by heading straight to the back of the elevator if you are going to the topmost floor. If the lift is full and you have no choice, step out of the elevator every time someone gets off.

  • Know when you’re the designated button pusher

If you are positioned nearest the buttons, accept the fate that you are the designated button pusher of that ride. This means you have to press the open and close buttons when someone gets in and out of the elevator. Expect to be asked by your co-riders to press the buttons of the floor they are headed to. Also, if you see someone outside rushing to get in, be nice and hold the open button for them. And lastly, remember that pressing the buttons multiple times won’t make the elevator go faster, so just keep your cool.

  • Mind your things

Bags and other things you’re holding should either be held down in front of you or put them down on the floor. If the elevator has reception, that doesn’t mean you can make calls inside. You wouldn’t want people eavesdropping on you, too, right? Keep conversations to a minimum when inside the lift, not everyone likes hearing your business.

  • Use the elevator as your last option

If you’re traveling just one to two floors up or down, take the stairs instead. Unless you have trouble walking or you’re lugging around heavy things, the elevator should be your last resort.

Simply think logically. Riding an elevator is not rocket science, but unfortunately many people only think of their own convenience and forget about others. Just like eating, traveling or being a guest in a wedding, there are unspoken rules that must be followed to maintain a civilized environment everyone will benefit from.

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