According to a new study of 16 cities from IBM, NYC office workers have spent 5.9 years stuck in an elevator. The number spikes to 22.5 when taking into account waiting for elevators. We bet this study would have been really skewed if this guy was included.
The study indicates that elevator inefficiency is cutting into productivity and costing companies a fortune for energy. Rich Lechner, vice president, Energy and Environment for IBM, said, "Even as...modern systems are achieving greater efficiency, many office buildings remain rooted in the past. Bridging this 'Intelligence Gap' can create huge savings in energy and maintenance costs and improve a company's bottom line, as well as create a healthier, more productive workforce."
Though the average Los Angeleno spends 13 years waiting for or stuck in an elevator, they rank the highest on building efficiency, with the most buildings equipped with automatic light sensors and Energy Star appliances. Workers in Minneapolis didn't have to worry about spending the equivalent of a human adolescence in elevators, logging just 0.5 years being stuck. But overall, 13% of workers say they have been stuck in elevators in the past year, and of those 22% have been stuck for over 10 minutes. This all could have been avoided if everyone just got a magic key.