Cooperation: Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with employees in all colleges/departments/units. Demonstrates flexibility and willingness to assist as needed in the workplace. Accepts challenging tasks or assignments to help the team achieve a goal.
Cooperation gives you the ability to synthesize your ideas and the ideas of others to achieve superior solutions. When co-workers practice cooperation their work relationships, and workplace environments, are more enjoyable and productive. The minimum cooperation skills expected of new employees are displayed through a positive attitude, taking an active role in work assignments, responsiveness to feedback, and willingness to adjust to changes in procedures.
UIC employees should continue to develop cooperation abilities to create opportunities for collaboration, mediate conflict, practice inclusion during planning and decision making, and collaborate with others across units to resolve concerns.
Examples of Cooperation in Practice
- Maintains a positive attitude as demonstrated by day-to-day communication with colleagues and management
- Assists others in completing their tasks as needed
- Takes an active role in completing work assignments and projects in a timely manner
- Willingly responds to feedback as demonstrated by application of recommended techniques and different approaches to complete work assignments
- Modifies work habits as necessary to adjust to changes in policies and procedures
- Collaborates with other colleges, departments, or units to resolve work related concerns
- Creates opportunities for collaboration
- Solicits ideas and reviews responses to define a solution that might address work issues impacting employee performance
- Mediates conflict and facilitates constructive interaction
- Includes as many people as possible in planning and decision-making processes
- Identifies potential synergies across colleges, departments, units, and institutional boundaries to achieve UIC goals
- Meets with representatives from different colleges, departments, or units as well as external constituents to address collaborative opportunities
- Empowers others to act in an effort to implement UIC’s strategy