Last Updated: December 1, References. This article was co-authored by Tami Claytor. With over 20 years of experience, Tami specializes in teaching etiquette classes to individuals, students, companies, and community organizations. Tami has spent decades studying cultures through her extensive travels across five continents and has created cultural diversity workshops to promote social justice and cross-cultural awareness. There are 13 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed , times.
Don’t Push the Wrong Buttons: Learn Good Elevator Etiquette | the-gap.info
Society is shaped by norms and customs. One norm that is an understood rule that is followed is how one behaves in an elevator. For example, it is normal to face front, stand with a respectable distance away from the person next to you, and not stare. Being polite is acceptable with a greeting or so but normally that is all. I violated this norm by standing very closely to people as they entered the elevator and staring at them. When a social norm is broken, people may respond with alarm, humor, fear, irritation, or an array of other emotions.
More specifically, workers want to know whether they can really be safe in an elevator, and building owners want to know whether they get elevator capacity to more than one person at a time. Think of it this way. This has two dimensions: the amount being emitted by me the source and the amount being received by you the receptor.
An elevator can be an uncomfortable environment when the riders do not observe the basic rules of common courtesy. Good elevator etiquette is mostly common sense, but being aware of it will make your elevator rides more comfortable, especially if you encourage others in the building to remember to be conscious of elevator etiquette. As always, the best rule of thumb when you are not sure about how to behave is to treat others as you would wish to be treated.