Survey: Truly Strange Things People Do In Office Elevators

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By Susan Ricker

Every job has its ups and downs, but riding an elevator seems like an unlikely source for stress. However, a 15-second ride may push some people's buttons. CareerBuilder's latest study of more than 3,800 workers nationwide reveals the most unusual and annoying behaviors workers have witnessed in their office elevators.

The Weird And The Feared

Pushing the wrong elevator button doesn't seem so annoying compared with the other bizarre behavior observed in work elevators. According to the survey, the top examples of strange habits observed include:
  • "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.
  • Dancing throughout the ride.

Anxiety-Filled Ride

For some workers, riding the elevator is a source of anxiety, with 16 percent of workers saying they're afraid of getting stuck in an elevator due to a malfunction.

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A Daily Dose Of Annoying.

Even without the odd behavior sometimes observed in elevators, how can a 15-second ride be the cause of so much irritation? Apparently, some people missed the memo on appropriate elevator behavior.

Although it's one of the top annoying habits as identified by the survey, you can't be blamed for closing the elevator doors on somebody if he's a known offender of any of these bad elevator-riding habits:
  • Talking on a cell phone -- 35 percent.
  • Not holding the door open when others are running to get on the elevator -- 33 percent.
  • Incidentally, 16 percent of workers admitted to purposely closing the elevator door when they saw someone approaching.
  • Standing too close when there is plenty of room in the elevator -- 32 percent.
  • Squeezing into an already crowded elevator -- 32 percent.
  • Not stepping off the elevator to let other people out -- 27 percent.
  • Holding the elevator doors open for an extended period of time while waiting for someone else to get on -- 26 percent.
  • Cutting in line to get on the elevator when other people have been waiting longer -- 23 percent.
  • Taking the elevator to go up one or two floors instead of using the stairs -- 20 percent
  • Pushing the wrong button, so the elevator stops at more floors -- 17 percent.
  • Facing away from the elevator door, instead of toward the door like everyone else -- 7 percent.

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