Understand stress factors
The simulation deals with work-related stress factors, including work fragmentation, challenging social situations, and unclear division of labor. People experience the effect of these factors on stress levels differently. The story progresses through everyday situations and provides an opportunity for a facilitated discussion on team members’ experiences regarding different stress factors.
In the background story of the simulation your team has been tasked with designing and executing your organisation’s development day. While planning, different problems begin to emerge from time pressure to communication problems. The exercise consists of ten situations. Your task is to choose who in your team would find the situation least stressful and would be the best person to solve the problem at hand. After each situation, there will be a discussion where the choices are explained and others’ views are heard. This will help in learning your colleagues’ views on different stress factors.
CLAIM 2: MONOTONY
CLAIM 3: INTERACTION
CLAIM 4: CLARITY OF DIVISION OF WORK
CLAIM 5: FRAGMENTATION
Psychosocial stress factors refer to factors relating to work content, arrangements or social functioning of the work community, that can cause a detrimental load on employees. If psychosocial stress factors are wrongly assessed, inadequately managed or occur in unsuitable circumstances, they may lead to detrimental work load. Typically load is formed by a combination of different factors.
The situations in the simulation are based on a study on psychosocial stress factors conducted at the Finnish institute for Occupational Health and on the publication “European Framework for Psychosocial Risk. Management (PRIMA-EF)” by the World Health Organization WHO.
- Create mutual understanding on how different team members experience work-related stress factors
- Bring out personal ways to react to stressful situations
- Increase the effectiveness of team actions and increase team welfare through mutual understanding
- Teams of 4-16 persons working together. The scenario deals with different burdensome situations, so it is most suited for teams that wish to understand team members’ behaviour in stressful situations. Also suits temporary teams, project teams, and remote teams.
- The duration of the simulation is about 2 hours.
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