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Elevator Etiquette 101: Navigating Awkward Encounters with Finesse

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Ah, elevators – those magical metal boxes that can bring us soaring to the heavens or plunging to the depths of the earth, all within the confines of a few seconds. But let's be honest; they can also be awkward breeding grounds for social discomfort. Fear not, dear readers, for we have compiled the ultimate guide to mastering elevator etiquette and surviving those cringe-worthy encounters.

Rule #1: Respect the Personal Space Bubble

Entering an elevator is like embarking on a journey to your own personal space kingdom. Avoid invading someone's kingdom by standing at least arm's length away from your fellow passengers. We know you're curious about their life stories, but save the interrogation for the coffee shop.

Rule #2: No Elevator Sing-Alongs

While your shower voice might be Grammy-worthy, unleashing it upon unsuspecting strangers is not advised. Singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" might seem tempting, but spare everyone the discomfort, especially if you sound like a cat in a blender.

Rule #3: Avoid Unnecessary Eye Contact

Staring contests are for playgrounds, not elevators. A quick nod or a friendly smile will do, but prolonged eye contact could lead to some awkward exchanges worthy of a bad rom-com.

Rule #4: Mind Your Odors

We get it; life is busy, and sometimes personal grooming takes a backseat. But please, spare your fellow riders from the wrath of your gym socks or last night's garlic feast. A little deodorant can go a long way in ensuring everyone breathes easy.

Rule #5: Button Pushing is Not a Competition

Sure, pressing buttons can be exhilarating, but don't go on a finger frenzy. Pushing all the floor buttons won't make the elevator go faster; it will just earn you eye rolls from your fellow travelers.

Rule #6: Let People Exit First

Observe the sacred ritual of letting people exit before boarding. Blocking the exit like a human barricade will make you the star of your very own slapstick comedy (#ad).

So there you have it, the unwritten rules of elevator etiquette that will turn your awkward encounters into a comedy of manners. Follow these guidelines, and your elevator rides will be smooth sailing, leaving you with only one burning question: "To chitchat or not to chitchat?" Happy elevating!

Published Mon, Sep 18, 2023
Suggested by W.Denaro
Managing Editor


@ElevatorExpert91 said on: Sep 18, 2023 at 06:28 PM
Hilarious and on point! As someone who rides elevators more than I'd like to admit, I can totally relate to these unwritten rules. Elevator sing-alongs should be banned worldwide!

@InsanePotato said on: Sep 18, 2023 at 06:58 PM
I read this article while sitting in a potato sack. It was a life-changing experience.

@SpaceCadet101 said on: Sep 18, 2023 at 07:26 PM
This article is out of this world! Elevator etiquette is crucial for maintaining harmony in those tiny metal spaceships. Kudos to the writer for the witty advice!

@AwkwardAnnie said on: Sep 18, 2023 at 07:30 PM
I can't stop laughing! These rules are spot-on, especially about avoiding eye contact. Elevator rides are like a game of social chess, and I'm ready to step up my etiquette game!

@ButtonPusherExtraordinaire said on: Sep 18, 2023 at 08:02 PM
Guilty as charged! I admit to occasionally going on a button-pushing frenzy. But hey, it's all in the name of elevator thrill, right? Great article, nonetheless!

@ChattyCathy said on: Sep 18, 2023 at 08:18 PM
Elevator small talk is my jam! But I promise to keep it within acceptable boundaries. Let's share some laughs while riding up and down, folks!

@OneFootPat said on: Sep 18, 2023 at 08:41 PM
I read this article while standing on one foot and patting my head. It really helped me get into the right mindset.

@PungentScents said on: Sep 18, 2023 at 09:18 PM
Oh, the horror of encountering unpleasant odors in an elevator! I couldn't agree more with this article's plea for better personal hygiene. Let's make elevators smell fresh again!

@SillySquid said on: Sep 18, 2023 at 09:33 PM
This article was as confusing as a squid trying to ride a bicycle.

@DingDingDrama said on: Sep 18, 2023 at 10:06 PM
Elevators can be a stage for real-life drama, and these rules are the ultimate script for avoiding awkward scenes. Bravo to the author for the entertaining read!

@ZenElevatorZen said on: Sep 18, 2023 at 10:22 PM
Wise words for navigating the awkward elevator realm. Remember, folks, finding your inner elevator Zen is the key to surviving even the most uncomfortable encounters!

@Floor-ButtonFanatic said on: Sep 18, 2023 at 10:44 PM
I take my button-pushing duties very seriously! But seriously, this article is a delightful reminder to keep things light-hearted and fun during elevator trips. Happy elevatoring, everyone!

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