Most of us use elevators in public buildings from time to time. While there are no written rules or policies, we generally understand basic elevator etiquette. However, some behaviors continue to practiced in elevators that can annoy other users who are riding at the same time. Here are a few things you should avoid doing while in an elevator.
1. Don’t Discuss Personal Topics.
If you are with someone, it can be tempting to continue an ongoing conversation from before you got into the elevator. The same holds true for chats you are having on your mobile phone. Or you may decide to chat with another rider who seems friendly. Either way, you might end up revealing personal details about yourself or asking a question that should be kept private, especially if other people are present. Keep the conversation light and casual until you reach your destination.
When you are circulating fliers and posters for upcoming events or even special causes like a charity fundraiser, don’t post your material on the elevator panel board without the building supervisor’s consent. Chances are the elevator panel board is reserved for notices about the elevator equipment or building information, so don’t use the panel board without permission. It may be worthwhile to visit Mad Elevator for more information.
3. Don’t Cut in Front of Others.
Whether you are in a hurry to get on the elevator and secure a standing place or rushing to get off to get to your destination, it’s rude to step in front of others or brush them aside. Unless you are experiencing an emergency, the courteous thing to do is to let others board or get off before you do or at least enter and exit simultaneously in an orderly way without trying to be first.
4. Don’t Make Uncouth Noises.
Humming, singing, whispering, burping, or listening to music that others can hear should be avoided on the elevator when other passengers are present. You might not even realize that you are making or enabling sounds, even pleasant ones like music, that could disturb other riders. Use your earbuds for music or for listening to talk programs on your mobile device and be aware of other sounds you might unwittingly be making that could be bothersome to others in close proximity.
Even short elevator rides put people close together, so theoretically we should display our best public behavior. Think about tips like these to make elevator experiences pleasant for all.