Elevator Etiquette Tips

A Guide for Riding the Elevator

Posted by Liz Taylor Aug 07, 2012

I recently witnessed an uncomfortable situation. I was entering the bank of elevators in my office building on a Tuesday morning and ended up getting in with three other people. Two individuals pressed the button for the eighth floor, I pressed the button for the fifth floor and another woman pressed the button for the second floor. As the door opened to let the first woman off on the second floor, one of the other women said to the exiting woman, “Have you ever considered taking the stairs?” When the door closed, she apologized and explained that she was late for a meeting and couldn’t understand why this particular woman couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs.

If you are a second floor tenant and in good health, consider taking the stairs knowing that it irritates others.  A good rule to live by is “two up, three down” - only take the elevator if you’re going at least two floors up or three floors down.  

A few other elevator tips: 

  • Always let the elderly or incapacitated go before anyone else.
  • Push your designated button and then move to the back of the elevator.
  • In settings where you are not familiar with those in the elevator, say a pleasant “good morning” or “hello” and ride quietly the remaining way.  Even when you know somebody in the elevator, keep your talking to a minimum.
  • Refrain from using your cell phone.
  • If the elevator is already full, patiently wait for the next one.
  • Don’t smack your gum, blow your nose, stare at others or primp in the mirror. 
  • When exiting the elevator, let others in front of you exit first. If you are riding to level five and have stopped on three to let others out, and you are in front, step out of the elevator to let others out.

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