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50 Ways Case Study

Empowering Managers to Discuss Gender Bias

Fossil Group knows that facilitating open and honest conversations about bias, as well as putting practical tools to combat bias into their employees’ hands, is key to curating an inclusive environment. When looking for an interactive, scalable program to help foster these conversations, Fossil Group turned to their trusted partner, Lean In, and piloted 50 Ways to Fight Bias.

“As part of our continued efforts to ensure an inclusive culture, we partnered with Lean In to bring 50 Ways to our managers. We wanted managers to feel empowered to discuss and address bias with their teams. 50 Ways helped our people feel like they could bring their full, authentic selves to work.”

—Darren Hart, CHRO at Fossil Group

Managers, men

Managers, women

Both men and women managers felt more equipped to discuss bias with their teams after going through the 50 Ways program.

Fossil Group recognized the unique opportunity managers have as “culture-keepers” of the organization to lead conversations about bias with their teams. By launching the 50 Ways program, Fossil Group gave managers more confidence to lead powerful and engaging conversations with their teams about gender bias.

“I found 50 Ways to be incredibly enlightening and helpful. I think bias happens in so many forms and this program brings these situations to life and provides real life solutions.”

- Manager at Fossil Group

Not all teams are the same. In order to address bias, it is important to implement unconscious bias training that meets employees where they are. 50 Ways gave managers the tools to talk about gender bias in a way that best worked for their teams, and as a result, their team members feel more equipped to challenge gender bias.

Of employees say they know what to do when they see gender bias occur in the workplace

Bringing 50 ways to life

Fossil Group trained 80 managers through a train-the-trainer workshop. They then took it back to their teams in these ways:

Small and large group discussions

Managers from the Design and Product Development teams combined forces to facilitate one large workshop across their teams.

Lean In Circles

Lean In Circle leaders at Fossil Group incorporated 50 Ways into their Circle meetings.

Theme-based discussions

One group used the cards focused on maternal bias to discuss the theme of “Work + Family.”

Get the cards

The 50 Ways to Fight Bias cards come in three formats: a physical deck of cards available to purchase at cost, a free presentation to download, and a digital version.

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