Practicing Good Elevator Etiquette

Many people are not clear on the rules for riding in an elevator. Is it a good idea to hold the door? Do you need to speak with other passengers? Some people find riding in an elevator stressful due to social anxiety, fear of heights, or claustrophobia. It doesn’t matter if you are at work, college, or live in high-rise apartments, it never hurts being polite when using an elevator.

Although people take more than 120 billion elevator rides each year, some people don’t know the rules. These steps will ensure you and your fellow passengers have a pleasant ride.

Practicing Good Elevator Etiquette

While you wait, stand to your side. When waiting for an elevator, be sure to keep your distance from the doors. You should let someone exit at this level before you try to board the elevator. To make it easier for others to get off the elevator, stand to the right of the doors. You should not board the elevator before everyone has exited.

If it isn’t an inconvenience, hold the door. This particular question is often disputed: should you hold the elevator door or not? These are some suggestions to help you decide whether to hold the lift spare parts.


If you’re in an elevator with many people, don’t hold the doors. You’ll be slowing down everyone in the elevator, and you will make it difficult for one person to fit into a small space.

It’s good elevator manners to wait for someone to approach you in the elevator if you are alone.

Do not hold the door for someone who is just going to grab a cup of coffee or use the bathroom. In a crowded elevator, don’t hold the door for more than 15-20 seconds.

Do not try to squeeze into an elevator. If the elevator doors are open and it appears full, do not try to squeeze into it. Wait patiently if the elevator is full.

Do not ask for an elevator to be held. Don’t be rude if you can’t make it to the elevator door before they close. Your time is as valuable as that of the people in the elevator.

Do not ride in an elevator with more people than three during a pandemic such as the COVID-19 epidemic. Instead, stand at opposite ends of the elevator.

You can be the button pusher. Be willing to push the button for anyone who asks if you’re standing next to them. If someone has just entered, you can ask them what floor they are on.

If you are unable to push the button by yourself, don’t ask anyone else to push it for you.

Move to the rear. File in when you enter an elevator so that others can board behind or on another floor. If you want to be the last one out, stay farthest away from the doors. It is best to avoid standing too close to the elevator doors if you’re traveling to the top or ground floor. You will be less annoying for others.

If you are riding in the front of the elevator, be sure to get out when the doors open at each floor. As the people in the back of the elevator move out, you can hold onto the elevator with one hand.

Exit quickly. Once you have reached your floor, quickly get off so others can board. If you are exiting, don’t be afraid to let other people go first. Just exit quickly and in an orderly manner. Do not push your way out of the room or make others uncomfortable.

If you are in the back, tell your floor that it is approaching. Simply saying “Excuse us, my next floor” will suffice. You can then make your way towards the front or wait for the elevator to stop.

Take the stairs. If you are only going up one, two, or three floors, the elevator is better than the stairs. You shouldn’t use the elevator if you are unable or injured to climb stairs or are carrying heavy items. It is considered bad etiquette to take the elevator up to three floors at a time, especially if there is a lot of traffic. For people with long walks or who cannot climb stairs, reserve the elevator.

Respect the lines. Never break the line if you see an elevator that is full. Wait your turn just like everyone else. You can arrive earlier if you’re in a rush or use the stairs.

Be sparing with your words The biggest problem with elevator etiquette lies in whether one should engage in small talk. People are reluctant to have a conversation in an elevator. It doesn’t hurt to say “Good Morning” or “Hello,” even if you are boarding with coworkers or your neighbors.

Talk to someone you’re with. Don’t ride the elevator while talking with another person. Keep the conversation going until you reach your destination.
Talk to your colleague in an elevator if you wish to have a conversation. Keep the conversation light.

Respect space. Nothing is more irritating than someone standing six inches away from you in an empty elevator. You should give your passengers as much space as possible in an elevator crowded with people. These guidelines should be followed when you are standing in an elevator.

If you see more than one person in the elevator, move to the opposite side of the elevator.

If there are four of you, move to the corner.

If you have five people or more, distribute them so that each person is equally placed in the elevator.

Face forward when entering an elevator, it is important to make eye contact, smile, and nod. Turn around and face the door. It is extremely bad etiquette to move to face the passengers while keeping your back toward the door.

All objects should be held at your feet keep shopping bags, briefcases, and purses low when carrying bulky items such as shopping bags, purses, backpacks or backpacks. Lower bodies take up more space than the legs, which means there’s more room for bags.

You should not be at the back of an elevator carrying a heavy object. If you do, you can announce your exit to the elevator as it nears the floor.

Never use your phone for communication. Talking on your phone while you ride in an elevator is a huge faux pas. Stop talking to anyone before you enter the elevator. Or, put your phone on mute until the exit.

Do not move too many elevators have limited space and many people are trying to squeeze into one car in busy offices. You can make unwelcome bodily contact with other passengers or annoy them by making unnecessary movements. You could end up rudely bumping into other passengers by pacing, jiggling, or moving your arms.

Avoid eye contact by texting or looking at your smartphone. Be careful when texting in an elevator. Your phone can take up space in an elevator and you may bump into people.

Consider odors. You should practice good hygiene every day, especially if you use elevators regularly. Anybody odor can be noticed in the small spaces. Do not pass gas or belch in an elevator ride. If you do, excuse yourself. Do not bring stale food to the elevator. Bring your food in containers. Never eat in an elevator. Never use perfume or lotion. You may be making someone very sick by what you smell.