Elevator etiquette advice- spread it!
Elevator etiquette has declined. You can help revive it and bring civility back. Here are key points so you can be a role model.
Good elevator etiquette enhances civility and concern for others.
Getting On and Off
· The most important elevator etiquette rule of all is to let people off before you get on. I repeat: let everyone off before you attempt to get on.
· If an elevator is extremely crowded, wait for the next one rather than adding to the sardine can.
· In the front of a crowded elevator step aside to let people off. Hold the “door open” button so everyone can exit.
· If you're stuck in the back when your floor is reached, pipe up! Say “Out please!” in a pleasant tone and gently but assertively work your way forward.
Choosing a Floor
· When riding closest to the controls, it is polite to ask people’s destinations so that everyone does not have to awkwardly reach across to push the appropriate button.
· When you are unable to reach the controls, again, share your floor in a pleasant, assertive tone. Conversely if you hear someone make a request, push the button.
The Elderly and Disabled.
· Elevators are necessary for people who physically cannot climb stairs. Make every effort to accommodate someone in a wheelchair, even if that means waiting for the next car. Do not wedge in next to a wheelchair as they need room to turn around.
· At crowded airports and theaters there are many who cannot climb stairs and must use the elevator. It is polite to use the stairs and leave the elevators available for them.
Holding the Door.
· When waiting for the elevator door to close, if you see someone approaching, try to hold the door. If you’re in a parking lot or hallway and you know someone is behind you, hold the elevator for a moment or two.
“Perform random acts of kindness” appears on a bumper sticker for a reason. The small gesture of holding an elevator door creates a generosity of spirit in your fellow elevator rider that they will take to another building, and into their day.
Go forth, and into the elevator!
A Word About Safety and Elevator Etiquette:
Etiquette does NOT require you to get on an elevator if you feel unsafe. Wait for the next one if there is someone either in the elevator or waiting with you who makes you uncomfortable. This is not rude.