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When co-workers practice cooperation, their work relationships and environments are more productive and enjoyable. Cooperation gives colleagues the ability to synthesize ideas to achieve superior solutions. UIC employees who demonstrate a positive attitude, take an active role in work assignments, are responsive to feedback, and willing to adjust as needed are respected by others.  These actions create opportunities for partnership and inclusion while planning and making decisions.

As employees progress in tenure and responsibility, the expectation is the employee will exhibit higher-level skill, knowledge, and ability in cooperation. Examples of higher-level behaviors indicated for those who may have years of experience in a role, lead a project team, head up a committee, or demonstrate exceptional skill. Employees who consistently exceed the expectations of their role may become a mentor to others.