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.
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.
squeezing yourself in
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.