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May 2015 n Performance & Hotrod Business n 69 because they have not been asked in the past, and have therefore concluded their contributions are unwanted. When organizational cohesiveness is achieved, many of these barriers are removed and leaders will see an overall increase in individual employee contri- butions. Since they are motivated by the success of the team or organization, they feel more open to contribute feedback, observations, insights, perspectives and ideas to assist them. When this occurs, and more individu- als are motivated to personally contribute, a synergy is achieved that amplifies the power of these ideas, increases brainstorm- ing, and infuses the organization with new and creative thinking. Empowerment A workplace environment that is built on trust and thus fosters organizational cohesiveness also builds empowered employees. The sense of trust between leaders and employees empowers them to make more independent decisions and work more freely in groups and teams, since they are working toward common organizational goals and objectives. The concepts of trust and empower- ment are codependent, feeding and build- ing upon each other, strengthening over time. Cooperation While teamwork, empowerment and organizational cohesion all require col- laboration between leaders and employ- ees, as well as among employees, within a cohesive organizational unit there are levels of cooperation among individuals, depart- ments, vendors and customers that cannot be minimized. These levels of coopera- tion are beyond the scope of individual responsibilities, yet are clearly visible and significantly contribute to the success of the organization. They are reflective of "team spirit," organizational pride and employee com- radery. It is noticed by outsiders, helps define the organization and is the first thing to suffer when organizational cohe- siveness is disrupted or destroyed. Leaders should note this sense of coop- eration when they have achieved effective levels of organizational cohesiveness and actively monitor it as an overall indicator of unit, division or company health. Quality Another easily discernable benefit of organizational cohesiveness is the increase in the quality of unit work and individ- ual contributions. The organization has been able to maximize its efficiency, as an increase in overall product or service qual- ity often translates into fewer mistakes and better project outcomes. This reduces the time required in comebacks, and increases the organiza- tion's efficiency and profitability. CATALOG SHOWCASE

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