Why Group Cohesion is Essential to a Thriving Business

At some point, most of us have been part of a dedicated team, whether in sport, school, or at work. Some teams seem to function effortlessly, naturally bringing out the best in each member. Other teams are frustrating, continually producing tension and conflict. Interpersonal relationships and an organisation’s social culture play a vital role in its success, and companies who have a difficult time with group cohesion amongst their staff and leadership have a tough time growing. We at Orgro understand that every person is different and that organisational effectiveness comes down to vastly different individuals working together to grow a business or brand. Our services assist with improved group cohesion, no matter your business goals, and we believe it is instrumental in getting the most out of every employee.

Organisational Development - Group Cohesion

What is Group Cohesion?

The cohesiveness within an organisation is determined by how well members collaborate towards achieving a common goal. It relies on an interpersonal connection between members of the group, and a recognition of each member’s value and contribution. Members are, therefore, more motivated to accomplish goals as a group, instead of prioritising themselves and their individual accomplishments. Group cohesion is essential because:

  • Work becomes more enjoyable for team members who experience more job satisfaction.
  • Team members experience lower levels of work-related stress.
  • The company will see less absenteeism and have lower employee turnover rates.
  • Improved and sustained productivity from individuals who are motivated to help other team members meet the organisation’s goals.
  • Collective work produces effective results and creative innovation.

 

Factors that Influence Group Cohesion

Some groups flow well together without much intervention, simply because their personalities and work styles are complementary. Other groups deal with quite a bit of friction and take longer to adjust to each other. Some factors that influence how well groups work together include:

  • How similar members are in the values they hold and attitudes they present.
  • The size of the team. Smaller groups tend to display improved cohesiveness due to more close interaction. Larger groups tend to have more disagreements amongst themselves.
  • Time spent interacting. The more members bond, the more cohesion improves.
  • Sharing accomplishments and successes bring people closer together.
  • Competition or threats allow team members to present a united front and put aside their differences to tackle challenges they may face.

 

Read more about how Group Cohesion is a Key Aspect of Orgro’s Organisation Development Strategies here.

Our Team-based Interventions

No matter how disconnected a team seems to be, there are various ways of improving cohesiveness. Here at Orgro, we know that the only way for employees to work towards success is together. Our organisational development strategies include team-based interventions that utilise various activities, action-learning principles, and coaching techniques and awareness to improve collaboration within groups. This enhances work dynamics and interpersonal relationships. Our team interventions specifically target workflow, performance, effectiveness, enablement and empowerment, and growth.

Here at Orgro, we believe there is always room for growth and development. As specialists in people solutions, our targeted interventions help organisations create meaningful change by aligning the strength of their employees with goal-oriented strategies. With us, your company can rise to the challenge and meet the demands of an ever-changing professional climate.

If you would like to know more about our services, feel free to contact us today.

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