Objectives

  1. To improve the team’s performance by helping team members reduce their stress levels.

Time

45 minutes

Materials Required

The “Understanding Stress” handout.

Flip chart and marker pens.

Instructions

  1. The activity leader asks the rest of the team members to call out examples of typical causes of stress. Write the list up on a flip chart at the front to the room.
  2. After 15 minutes, the activity leader shows the rest of the team the handout. Check that everything was there. (Clearly some will be phrased differently.)
  3. One interesting activity is to now do a survey through a voting process. Give everyone three adhesive dots and on a flip chart or 20 sheets of A4 paper stuck to the wall ask team members to “vote” on the three causes of stress from which they suffer most.
  4. Discuss actions that can be taken to deal with each stressor starting from the most critical.
  5. Establish team rules for stress management behaviours.

Debrief

  1. Look carefully at the work unit processes and the interpersonal behaviours as it is these that the team as a whole might be able to address collectively.
  2. Ask the team to suggest actions that the team can take to avoid the worst and strengthen the best examples.

Note

The activity leader may like to read a book on stress management before the session.

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