“Talking about my generation”.
The MPA is committed to creating a working and learning environment which is inclusive of ALL age groups. We would like to encourage meaningful dialogue by leveraging the unique strengths of members representing diverse generational experiences.
Our Music Publishing workforce is now spanning five generations:
Silent generation/Traditionalist (born before 1945)
Baby Boomer (1945 to 1965)
Gen X (1966 to 1980)
Millennial or Gen Y (1981 to 1996)
Gen Z (1997 to 2012)
Generational diversity has immense potential. People from different generations can grow and learn from one another as they are exposed to one another’s ideas and experiences. The new perspectives they gain can inspire new ideas and encourage new ways of working. This is also beneficial for their organisation as it supports retention, career advancement, and improved employee morale. A multi-generational network facilitates diversity of thought, which leads to increased creativity and innovation.
Different generations can sometimes find it difficult to find similarities with each other because of their own bias and unwillingness to overcome the generational gap. A study carried out in 2011 found that ‘intergenerational cohesion’ is one of the top three workplace risks. The study highlighted how different generations can find it difficult to understand each other’s working styles and how people’s personal bias and tendency to put others in categories based on age along with the associated ageist assumptions prevents them from seeing the value in connection. It is these biased assumptions and stereotypes that separate different generations and keeps them from interacting, getting to know one another, and benefiting from the relationships. Younger colleagues assume things about their older colleagues and vice versa.
Bridging the generation gap will occur when we are willing to learn from each other and understand that we do not always have all the answers. It is when we are willing to reach out to others and build personal connections; to understand who they are, their challenges, and their goals, that barriers disappear, and similarities are discovered.
The GenerationMIX employee network is championed by Gary Bhupsingh (VP of Sony Music Publishing), and will explore diversity through a generational ‘lens’ and promote generational diversity as a necessary component of an inclusive modern working environment by raising awareness, understanding and encouraging meaningful dialogue between its members whatever their age.
What is it about and who can join?
The Network is open to all MPA Member employees, including those of us working at the MPA. It is also open to allies.
Please note that any personal information discussed during the meetings is confidential and is not minuted.
Some of the key issues to be covered by the Network will include:
How is the Network hosted?
The Network is hosted on Microsoft Teams, where members can have conversations on Channels, share files and resources and host meetings online. The Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) Team are on hand to help, and to take forward any issues raised by the Network. The Microsoft Teams site is a private group and though there is some degree of visibility when you join (other members can see who you are), we request that members maintain strict confidentiality about its membership and contents.
This Network is supported by the MPA DEI team, but it is not our Network: it is yours. We hope that the Network will be led by you for you. We are currently gathering ideas on how members want to run the Network and what you want to get out of it. Colleagues will have the opportunity to contribute in a variety of ways: for example, through Team Meetings online, Channel discussions via Teams as well as by email or phone.
Who should I contact if I wish to join the MPA GenerationMIX Employee Network?
Head of DEI
Mental Health First Aider
Champion for M3
Email: [email protected]
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