4. Contribute to the culture
While we are not solely responsible for our team environment, we can contribute in positive ways. Many times the company defines the culture, while our teams have diverging subcultures that exist within the company culture.
Setup social times
Excellent leaders carve out time for employees to socialize with each other during work hours. These events are best when the team defines their activities. Honestly, they will find a way to socialize, even if over lunch or after hours, but when held at work, socializing contributes to the team culture.
Encourage employee-defined events
Social hour is a large part of VML culture, but the individual team decides how they socialize. One team used social hour to watch a movie accompanied by a theme drink. Nintendo team members would often congregate around a TV to play Smash Bros. or around a cafe table with their devices paired. Games are a massive part of the Nintendo culture, but it is the individual who decides how to reflect this.
In both examples, the employees decided on the event while the company provided the leniency, time, and culture for the environment to thrive.