Do I have to work in HR to volunteer for Coffee Shop HR?
No, you don’t have to work in HR to volunteer for Coffee Shop HR. But you must be willing to contribute thoughtful writing or art about HR-related topics.
What kind of topics should I be writing/drawing about?
Human Resources is a wide field; it applies to anything from ‘how to find a job’ to ‘how to discipline employees’ and everything in between. As long as you’re writing about something that relates to human resources, or working life in general, you’ve found a great topic. You can write about salaries, policy, to trying to find a job, bullying, comparisons between collective agreements in different countries, ageism, sexism, appropriate work dress, relationships between supervisors and employees … the options are endless.
Do I have to submit two articles each month?
If you’d like to volunteer as an HR Writer, yes you do have to submit two articles each month, without exception. On the first of the month, you must submit an article on any topic of your choosing (as long as it relates to HR) and on the 15th of the month, you must submit a response to our Coffee Shop HR World Café (which is a topic you’ll receive one month in advance).
What if I only want to submit one article per month?
If you don’t think that you can commit to writing two articles/month, the HR Writer position is not for you. We have two volunteer writing positions that do not require writers to respond to the Coffee Shop HR World Café Business Profile Writer & Book Reviewer, so you may consider applying for one of those volunteer positions.
Do I have to submit written articles?
It’s perfectly acceptable to submit podcasts, drawings, photographs, whatever artistic medium you can imagine. As long as you’re submitting something original that pertains to human resources, we’d love to see it!
Can you give me topics to write about?
If you would feel more comfortable being assigned topics to write about, that’s perfectly ok. The Managing Editor can also work with you to develop a topic that interests you.
Can I submit more than one original piece?
Yes, you can submit more than one original piece as long as you’re consistent. For example, if you want to submit two original pieces and a response to the Coffee Shop HR World Café, you need to submit two original pieces and a Coffee Shop HR World Café response each month, not sporadically.
The same goes for Political Cartoonists: if you want to submit three pieces, we ask that you submit three each month.
When will my article/art be posted?
Your piece will be posted within 30 days of being submitted. Your work will typically be posted on the Coffee Shop HR homepage on the same day each month. For example, Christine Ramage’s original piece is posted on the first Monday of every month.
What are the deadlines for HR Writers?
1st of the Month: topic of your choice
15th of the Month: Coffee Shop HR World Café response
What is the deadline for Book Reviewers?
15th of the Month
What is the deadline for Business Profile Writers?
15th of the Month
When will I receive the Coffee Shop HR World Café Topic?
The Coffee Shop HR World Café topic is announced on the 15th of the previous month.
Example: on Jan 15th, the topic will be announced for the February 15th submissions.
Who chooses the topic?
The Managing Editor chooses the Coffee Shop HR World Café topic each month. Anyone is welcome to submit topic suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I write about a topic that’s already been discussed?
Yes, you are more than welcome to write about a topic that’s already been discussed.