Townsend makes a quick run to the grocery store, Gomez fires up the grill, and the rest of the team clears some space on the main table between the check sets and material samples. Corralitos Sausages sizzling on the grill and rapid-fire ping pong rallies replace the usual sounds of keystrokes, conference calls, and Alabama Shakes Pandora.
On the first Friday of each month, the Fuse team sets aside conflicting schedules to spend lunch together. We eat good food, relax a bit, and talk about everything from current projects to weekend plans. It’s not just hang-out time, and it’s not just team coordination: it’s an opportunity to take the pulse of the firm, with the added benefit that we all like spending time together.
Taking this time has become invaluable to our work process. Brainstorming solutions and sharing similar experiences is a big part of First Friday, providing a resource for each of us to be better problem-solvers in our own right. Plus, it’s another reason to enjoy coming to work: not only do we get to work on great projects in a beautiful place, we also get to do it in the company of a supportive team of people we like.
Except, ya know, after Russ beats all of us at ping pong. Then there’s serious resentment involved.