While most people follow the standard elevator etiquette of facing forward and generally keeping to themselves, quite a few workers surveyed by CareerBuilder reported less-than-ordinary experiences while in transit.
Workers shared the following real-life examples of weird behaviors they observed in work elevators:
- “Pantsing” a co-worker;
- Changing a baby’s diaper;
- Flossing teeth;
- Clipping fingernails;
- Fist fighting;
- Showing someone a rash and asking for a diagnosis;
- Moving the entire contents of a co-worker’s office into the elevator, including the desk;
- A woman with her arms full of papers using her head to keep the doors from closing on her; and
- Dancing throughout the ride.
When asked to identify the most annoying elevator habits they see more commonly at the office, workers most often cited people talking on cell phones (35%), standing in close proximity for no apparent reason (32%) and deliberately letting the elevator's doors close when someone is approaching (33%). However, 16% of workers admitted to purposefully closing the elevator door when they saw someone approaching.
Other annoying habits cited include:
- Squeezing into an already crowded elevator – 32%;
- Not stepping off the elevator to let other people out – 27%;
- Holding the elevator doors open for an extended period of time while waiting for someone else to get on – 26%;
- Cutting in line to get on the elevator when other people have been waiting longer – 23%;
- Taking the elevator to go up one or two floors instead of using the stairs – 20%;
- Pushing the wrong button, so the elevator stops at more floors – 17%; and
- Facing away from the elevator door, instead of toward the door like everyone else – 7%.
For some workers, elevator rides are a source of anxiety. Sixteen percent of workers said they are afraid of getting stuck in an elevator due to a malfunction.The survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder between May 14 and June 4, 2012. Participants included 3,892 U.S. workers (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government) ages 18 and over.