Erika Preval - Simply Put

Going Up – Lifting Elevator Etiquette IQs

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There’s etiquette for nearly everything. The purpose of etiquette, however, isn’t to bog the world down with a plethora of rules to abide by, but to ensure that there’s a consistent flow within our daily interactions. I’ve witnessed a few mishaps that interrupted the rhythm of riding the elevator recently, so let’s delve into a few basics of using this mode of public transportation.

  •  Wait for it – When awaiting the arrival of an elevator, stand to the side of the doors. This allows passengers arriving on your floor to exit efficiently. If the call button has already been pressed and is lit, please don’t press it again. This displays to the person that has already done so that you don’t trust them – not the first impression you want to give. Remember that rule with buttons inside the elevator, as well.


  •  Who’s on first – Chivalry isn’t dead when it comes to riding the elevator (not that it should be in any other instance). Please allow women and those who might need assistance to enter the elevator first – holding the doors open for them, if necessary. Beyond that, the person closest to the door should enter the elevator first.


  • Places, Everyone – Once onboard the elevator, stand near the walls. If you’re going to a higher floor, position yourself in the rear. Everyone should face the doors and allow sufficient room for other passengers. When standing near the buttons, please be courteous and press the floor numbers, as requested, for others. Step aside for anyone exiting the elevator.

I could certainly go on about the etiquette of elevator rides, from conversations (generally discouraged) to wearing headphones (turn down the volume), but follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to riding in style!

Warmest regards,


S saysJuly 8, 2013

Couldn’t agree more. Here’s how (not) to behave when right outside an elevator

    Erika Preval saysJuly 18, 2013

    Thank you for your comment! I enjoyed your link and appreciate your sharing it with me. -EP

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