Elevators have become an everyday convenience of life. Many people use elevators each day. They are in offices, shopping centers, churches, and even homes. Since there is so much traffic, on these machines, it is important to go over a few elevator etiquette rules. My husband is an elevator service technician. He installs and repairs elevators. He believes that this makes him an expert on etiquette. I tend to agree. Here are a few elevator etiquette rules to follow.
Busy offices or events usually have crowded elevators. This is unpleasant for everyone. You have to be smashed up against strangers while you are pushed further and further back into the cab. To avoid further headache of elevator gridlock, make sure you exit from front to back. This way there is minimal pushing from the back of the elevator. Of course there will be some people exiting from the back when others from the front are not, but letting those in the front exit first helps eliminate this problem.
Push the Call Button Once
Elevator call buttons are the buttons that you push that tell the elevator you need to be picked up from a certain floor. Most elevator call buttons light up when pressed. These buttons, along with the floor buttons inside the elevator need only be pressed one time. Pressing them numerous times in a row will not make the elevator come quicker or move faster. It simply wears out the buttons and makes it more likely that the elevator will need to be shut down to replace them.
Anyone who takes a spot next to the elevator buttons automatically becomes the designated floor button pusher. It is more convenient for this person to ask what floor everyone wants. This prevents people from pushing others to simply press a button. Make sure you are up for this task when you take a spot next to the button panel.
If you call an elevator and it comes with way too many people, wait for the next arrival. Overcrowding an elevator is not necessarily dangerous since the elevators are designed to hold much more than their capacity shows, but it is definitely inconsiderate. Waiting for the next elevator usually only takes a minute or two.
There is table etiquette, wedding etiquette, and date etiquette. Why can’t there be elevator etiquette? From this point forward, all elevator passengers should follow this simple manual for proper elevator etiquette.