Feeling like a single, automated cog in a group of many isn't a very inspiring thought, but if you and everyone else in your team have a clear vision of what your purpose is, then there’s a possibility that your work quality may shoot up as a team, according to a study featured on PLOS ONE.

Researchers from Aarhus University's Interacting Mind Center (IMC) in Denmark divided 48 participants into two groups: those with transparent goals and those with opaque goals. Afterward, the groups were asked to play an anonymous public goods game with each other.

Based on the results, those who understood their collective goal were more likely to trust each other in the future compared with those who were simply following orders.

"Knowing exactly what goals are actually appears to increase our perception of cooperation, trust, and shared expectations," study author Panos Mitkidis was quoted by Science Daily as saying.

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