You know those little team rituals that you believe help everyone bond? Research has shown that you’re probably right. Rituals do create team cohesion.
Of course, there’s a flip side. The stronger your team connects through rituals, the less connected it feels to outsiders. And by outsiders, I mean those other departments with whom your team is supposed to work to serve your customers and accomplish company goals.
Rituals have value. They may also create problems for the company as a whole. You need to be aware of both effects.