Hold the lift! Or don't

The UK is a nation of curmugeonly lift hoggers, according to Careerbuilder.co.uk. Its latest survey shows that one in five of us purposely close the lift door when we see a colleague coming.

by Rebecca Burn-Callander

Office life, it's full of ups and downs. Especially when it comes to using the lift. A survey of 400 office workers has found a whole smorgasbord of petty annoyances that rub us up the wrong way when travelling from floor to floor.

The premier pet peeve is people standing too close to you in the lift when there's plenty of room, followed closely by people squeezing in when there's no space. Ironically, given people's penchant for closing the doors on their colleagues, over a third of workers were annoyed when other people did that to them.

Some 29% of respondents reported elevator enmity for those who used the lift to go up or down one floor. They should take the stairs, they posit. Those who remain stubbornly in the way when you are trying to exit the lift are also on the hitlist, as well as people who talk on their mobile or hold the doors too long.

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