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Editorial themes 2024

Throughout the year, HRZone will offer people professionals access to fresh evidence, tangible guidance and thought-provoking opinion on how to navigate the world of work in 2024 and beyond.

We welcome guest contributions from leading people practitioners and experts, providing the content is aligned with our overarching theme or core topics. You can get a snapshot of these on this page, or scroll to the bottom and click on the link to see our full 2024 editorial plan, with inspirational article ideas, guidelines on content types and more.

Our core topics for 2024

We no longer focus on monthly themes or forward features. We publish relevant, fresh content throughout the year on the following topics related to the people profession.

  • Evolving workplace cultures

    We are looking to explore how organisations can build a people-centred and flourishing culture, especially when there are resource and financial constraints. How does an HR professional go about improving the treatment and engagement of an organisation’s people? How do other factors such as ethics, environmental impact, political changes and social values shape workplace culture?

  • Equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging (EDIB): Pitfalls and pioneers

    We are looking for content from the underrepresented to understand where organisations fall short in this domain and what good looks like. These action-focused features and pioneering stories will help people professionals cultivate a working community where nobody is left behind or forgotten and, as a result, reap positive business benefits.

  • Employee wellbeing: The origin story
    We’re seeking content that helps HR investigate and confront the origin story of their organisation's wellbeing issues – what’s really going on from a resource, structural and strategic perspective? We’re also looking for guidance on how to holistically address these issues, factoring in mental, financial, physical, social and digital wellbeing.
  • Inside Out: Making sense of employee behaviour
    If we don’t understand our individuals and teams – as well as how they interact and function as part of the whole – the organisation becomes less conscious than a mechanical system, and twice as blind. We’re seeking content that uncovers the neuroscience, behaviour and social psychology of employees so that people professionals can better care for and develop their workforce.
  • Grow your own: Adaptive, inclusive career pathways
    We are looking for content that ignites a progressive approach to learning and career development. We want to offer our readers practical guidance on how to nurture a culture of learning, build agile talent pathways, and provide dynamic, inclusive development opportunities.
  • Retention refresh

    Tired retention approaches need adapting to mitigate this risk of losing good people in a tough economic climate. We’re looking for distinct, actionable insights on how to adjust traditional approaches to turnover issues to uphold inclusivity, integrity and value. Content should address the fact that individuals have unique wants and needs.

  • The leadership development refurb
    Many leadership and management development programmes fall vastly short of supporting this cohort with fast-evolving expectations. How can organisations confront this leadership skills chasm? We are seeking tangible guidance on how to better upskill and support managers and leaders through complexity.
     
  • A mystifying road ahead: What does the future of work and HR look like?

    How will the likes of generative AI, ESG demands, return-to-office mandates, chronic burnout and widening skills gaps impact the work sphere in 2024? How can the people profession adapt and steward organisations towards a sense of flourishing? We are seeking genuinely unique viewpoints about what lies ahead for the world of work and HR. These opinions should be coupled with helpful direction on how to sustainably move forward.

Seasonal and current trends

We also welcome article pitches that focus on seasonal trends impacting the workplace and current affairs such as:

  • State of economy
  • Outed toxic organisations / leaders 
  • Changing employment legislation
  • Marginalisation and prejudice of underrepresented groups

For more details on what we're looking for (and what we're NOT looking for) from guest articles, click on the link below.

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