6 Ways to Get Yourself Pitched from the Office Elevator
NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- U.S. workers are increasingly swimming in the "wounded duck" pond. Getting discouraged about career momentum is a problem many Americans can understand because they experience it themselves, but the downward spiral-behavior of a frustrated worker can cut off opportunity to move up in the workplace.
Case in point: The human resources services firm Randstad reports that 43% of American workers say their career path has slowed, and that it will be more difficult to make up that lost ground.
In the failure to make up lost ground, workers can be their own worst enemies. But what about workers who engage in behavior that isn't an indication of career blues but a rarer workplace malady: ethical lapses during the office elevator ride experience. Seemingly innocent and innocuous, the elevator appears to be a toxic laboratory of bad behavior, rude interactions, and eye-opening ethical lapses that, once the powers-that-be get wind of them, can slow down even the speediest fast-tracker, according to a study from CareerBuilder.com that is part-business ethics guide and part-high comedy.
The study of 3,800 U.S. workers, completed in collaboration with Harris Interactive(HPOL) , aims to pinpoint and catalog the worst behavior on workplace elevators.
From dental hygiene to right uppercuts, the CareerBuilder study shines a harsh light on an experience that instead of providing a career lift or opportunity for classic "elevator pitch" to the venture capitalist, may keep even the most ambitious worker from rising to the corner office."While most people follow standard elevator etiquette of facing forward and generally keeping to themselves, quite a few workers reported less-than-ordinary experiences while in transit," the report states.
American workers cited these "real-life weird behaviors" as the worst in elevator ethics: