Understand Stress Factors – Scenario: Development Day

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 case 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 case, 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.

Help in stressful situations

This game helps in understanding team members in stressful situations. The exercise also promotes open discussion of stress factors within the team.

The scenario 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.

For whom

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.


  • 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


10 cases to solve, duration about 2-2.5 hours, additionally a separate feedback session (ca. 2 hours) if desired.