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The Do’s and Do Not’s of Business Etiquette in the Virtual World

Division BGSF, Professional Division
March 8, 2021

By: Eric Peters, President of the Professional Division

It’s almost been a year since most BGSF offices transitioned to remote amid the Coronavirus pandemic…yes, a full YEAR! Feels like ten, doesn’t it? We’ve taken a moment to reflect on how this year has not only impacted us, but our candidates, and clients as well. Of course, we’ve all shifted to heavily rely on technology and video for our daily work lives. Ah, don’t you miss the days when a computer was a feature and not a necessary fixture?

How Has This Impacted the Industry?

Our Clients:

Video killed the work/life balance! A necessary evil, but clients now must rely on video for recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and retaining talent. As well, there need to be meetings on strategy, initiatives, project management, and overall engagement. Topics easily discussed in passing in an office setting. The virtual work environment also brings new challenges to the work/life balance and allows for “relaxed” business etiquette to creep in.

Our Candidates:

This new virtual world has made it difficult for consultants to network and discover new opportunities. It also limits their ability to see the true work environment/culture of a company and makes mannerisms challenging to view on the candidate/hiring side.

 The Importance of Video Etiquette

Dogs, kids, and messes! Oh MY! In this new age of WFH, it’s sometimes difficult to maintain professionalism which can sometimes have disadvantages when talking to potential, and current clients and candidates. Here are some easy tips and tricks to keep that work and life boundary up and running:


Do Not’s

Set Your Space Up for Success

Impressions are everything! Especially the first ones. Working from home presents unique challenges and culture shock.  A topic which we covered in Elaine Priesman’s Feature Friday blog.

Equipment and Lighting

Privacy and Background