Preventing Stress at Work™| Stress Management Training Activity

Awareness-raising, discussion activity to educate staff and help reduce this major problem in today's workforce.

Learning Objectives

  • About the issues surrounding stress
  • To understand the common causes and symptoms of stress
  • To recognise early indicators
  • How to deal with stress
  • The benefits of work-life balance
  • To develop a greater understanding of their own and other people’s response to stress

Five-Year Repeat Use Licence

This Northgate training activity comes with a five-year licence for repeat use with up to 12 participants per training session within the licence-holding organisation. Please ask for a discount on multiple licences to use with larger groups. Also includes access to the Northgate Trainerhub (see below for details).

  • Participants

    4-12 (1 to 2 teams of 4-6 per team)

  • Timing

    1 hour + debrief

  • Uses a computer?

    Not required

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The Activity

Using a tried and tested format - sets of mini-task cards for groups to address - you’ll cover a whole range of issues relating to stress at work in a fun, relaxing, non-threatening format.

Address the different degrees of stress, the way the word stress means different things and the misconceptions in people’s views of stress. Look at examples of real situations to help identify your own stress indicators and the possible causes. Then consider the merits of common, stress-preventing techniques and how they can be easily implemented and to good effect. Responses are noted on a special handout, for reference at the Debrief.

Stimulates great discussion (a stress-buster in itself!). Great, interactive exercise to use on people-management courses.

Trainer's Role

  • Introduce the activity using the PowerPoint presentation provided.
  • Allocate the board, cards and playing pieces.
  • Observe teams in action.
  • Lead a discussion and Debrief at the end.
  • Full guidance provided in PowerPoint presentation and Trainer’s Notes.

Pack Contents

  • Trainer’s Notes
  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Handout A: How to Play the Game
  • Handout B: Group Form
  • Handout C: Key Points
  • Set of Six Playing Pieces, Two Dice, Dice Cup & 30-second Timer
  • Sets of Cards
  • Game Board

This activity is for face-to-face classroom use. It is supplied as a hard copy pack and the digital files are supplied via the Northgate Trainerhub.

Northgate Trainerhub

Benefits of the online Northgate Trainerhub include:

  • Easy-to-access resource library which stores all the digital files for the activity in one place
  • Immediate access to upgrades made to the activity over the five-year licence term
  • Access to an online Trainer Forum where you can post questions, share experiences & network with other Trainers
  • Access to free activities and icebreakers
  • Unlimited Trainer logins for all Trainers based at the licence-holding site

'Preventing Stress at Work' is a very useful, interactive pack. Participants find it enjoyable. Raises awareness and creates great group discussion toward improving work practices.

R. R. Bain, Consultant

Very useful. Allowed our delegates to discuss issues in a neutral environment - and come up with their own, practical stress-busting techniques.

J. Baraby , Manufacturing Company

Everyone who has attended the training has said how great the game is... and how much better they feel! Used in management training with Department Managers and Store Managers, the best learning point was the fact that everyone is different and managers have to consider this when managing their people. The game promotes discussion – even amongst those who do not usually participate at training sessions. A great interactive activity, which helps employees share how they feel, but more importantly, how they can deal with stress at work. A great game which can be used at all levels of the business.

Kim Kimber, Group Training Manager, Morleys Stores Group

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