Take the stairs for short trips
Only take the elevator if you’re going at least two flights up or three flights down; otherwise take the stairs. “The two-flight rule is central,” says Liz Taylor Grussing, etiquette expert and founding director of Etiquette Principles. “Be considerate of others involved. If you’re rushing out the door and think you need to use the elevator to get to the second floor, why not just use the stairs so it’s more helpful for everyone else? Even if it seems like an inconvenient decision for you personally, do what’s best for everyone.” Besides, you can probably use the exercise. And make sure you’re also considerate in a public bathroom, these are the 14 etiquette mistakes people make all the time.
Put your cell phone away
We’ve heard it before and we’ll hear it again. Save all calls—personal and business—for another time. Talking on the phone when you’re in an elevator is, in most cases, inconsiderate—and ultimately, a huge turn-off. “I was at a recent business conference and we heard from two people who interviewed at the same company for a new position. The gentleman who was interviewing both candidates happened to be in the elevator with each before their interview,” Grussing says. “The person who didn’t get the job took a personal phone call in the elevator.” Enough said. Here are 10 more cell phone etiquette rules you should be following.