Virtual Office Work Helps You Avoid Annoying Elevator Riders

CHICAGO—When you work from a virtual office, you can avoid all sorts of annoying coworker behavior. The latest survey from CareerBuilder shows just how annoying some of that behavior can get—in the elevator.

Ever see someone at work floss his teeth in an elevator? "Pants" a co-worker? Get in a fist fight? Talk about blowing elevator etiquette—facing forward and generally keeping quiet—this survey uncovers some downright rude behavior that you don’t have to deal with when you work from a virtual office.

Beyond the flossing and pantsing, survey participants also reported behaviors like: changing a baby's diaper; clipping fingernails; 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. Unless you think this is fun stuff, be grateful that you work from a virtual office.

But that’s not all. Survey respondents asked to identify the most annoying elevator habits they see in the office have a laundry list:

35% cite talking on cell phone
33% cite not holding the door open when others are running to get on the elevator

32% cite standing too close when there is plenty of room in the elevator
32% cite squeezing into an already crowded elevator
27% cite not stepping off the elevator to let other people out
26% cite holding the elevator doors open for an extended period of time while waiting for someone else to get on
23% cite cutting in line to get on the elevator when other people have been waiting longer
20% cite taking the elevator to go up one or two floors instead of using the stairs
17% cite pushing the wrong button, so the elevator stops at more floors
7% cite facing away from the elevator door, instead of toward the door like everyone else

For some workers, elevators rides are a source of anxiety. Sixteen percent of workers said they are afraid of getting stuck in an elevator due to a malfunction. And just think, you can avoid all this by working in a virtual office.


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