Contributor guidelines

Our refreshingly honest and slightly belligerent guidelines for contributors

  1. Raise your game.
  2. Most of the time, 800-1000 words is probably ideal.
  3. Please supply an email address, short bio and headshot of the author.
  4. Our readers are experienced, knowledgeable workplace experts. They know more than you and us about the way the workplace functions both at a strategic and day to day level. So, if you’re thinking of contributing a piece that doesn’t assume they know their stuff, then don’t. We won’t publish it.
  5. Learn your topic. We know it’s not always fascinating but take some time to know what you’re talking about. Assume our readers have a great depth and breadth of knowledge about specific subjects. Because they do and have almost certainly been following developments for years and have direct experience of these things. They’ll appreciate an informed and sophisticated approach or a new perspective.
  6. Be interesting and have a viewpoint. But if that viewpoint is how great you think your (or your client’s) products or services are, then we already know you think that. We won’t publish it.
  7. If you’re writing an opinion piece but can’t imagine somebody somewhere strongly disagreeing with it, then you’re not really expressing an opinion. We obviously won’t publish bigoted or offensive views, but at least one person should disagree.
  8. If you’re tying something in to a ‘Day’ or ‘Week’ highlighting a specific issue, assume that we get dozens and dozens of other people approaching us with the same survey or idea you’ve come up with. Find something new t say or do it another time.
  9. We don’t generally like ‘how to’ pieces because of point 1 above and because they tend to suggest that the real answer is to buy whatever product or service you’re linking to the piece.
  10. We know ‘seven ways’ lists work as clickbait. But we don’t have to go along with everything Google and people’s worst instincts tell us. If you are going to suggest a list, make it informed and detailed and avoid anything that is blindingly obvious. For example, if you think it’s worth mentioning that ‘plants brighten up an office’ as point 4 on your list, you’re on the wrong tack.
  11. If you’re not upfront about the identity of your client and your reasons for suggesting an idea, the chances are that we’ll refuse it or bin it. Just tell us.
  12. Don’t make unsubstantiated assertions and claims.
  13. Don’t ask for a free ad. This includes an article that is a business case for your or your client’s services or products. And, no, we don’t care that there are other products on the market. You’re not the exception to this rule.
  14. Don’t expect us to write a piece about how great your company or client is, either.
  15. Have fun. Don’t worry what anybody else thinks.
  16. If you’re proposing an article about Millennials and it’s based on the idea that they’re some sort of alien species or have special needs unlike those of other people, we’re probably going to say no.
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