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The challenges of Social Days with 50+ people: Why small groups are often the better choice

Social Days with 50 or more participants are a major challenge for both companies and NGOs. We explain why this is the case here.
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Social commitment and teamwork are important components of a successful corporate culture. More and more companies are opting for so-called "Social Days", where employees get involved on a voluntary basis. Companies often want as many employees as possible to take part in a social day. However, organizing such events for 50 or more people can be a real challenge. In this article, we will look at the reasons why large groups are more difficult to manage - for the companies as well as the NPOs - and why smaller teams are often more effective. Nevertheless, we will also present some tips and tricks on how to successfully implement social days for 50 people with a lot of effort and planning.

1. the challenges of large groups:

  • Coordination: As the number of participants increases, the coordination of activities becomes more complex.
  • Logistics: Organizing transport, catering and materials for 50 people requires well thought-out planning.
  • Group dynamics: Large groups tend to split into subgroups, which can make team bonding more difficult.

2. advantages of smaller groups:

  • Effective communication: Communication is often more direct and efficient in small teams.
  • Better cooperation: Smaller groups promote more intensive cooperation and enable participants to get to know each other better.
  • Flexibility: Smaller groups can adapt more easily to different projects and react more flexibly to unforeseen situations.

3. burden for NPOs:

  • Lack of resources: NPOs often have limited resources and staff, which makes it difficult to manage large groups.
  • Logistical challenges: Organizing activities for a large number of people requires considerable logistical planning, which is not always within the capabilities of NGOs.
  • Lack of sustainability: Large groups can tend to implement short-term and superficial projects that have little long-term impact. Often, out of necessity, some kind of "strike projects" are created to cope with the large group. However, these projects usually have no real long-term impact and do not reflect the true needs of the organizations.

4 Qualitative vs. quantitative help:

  • Deeper work: Smaller groups often have the opportunity to focus more intensively on the needs of the community and bring about more sustainable change.
  • Individualized support: NGOs can better address individual needs and provide targeted support when groups are smaller.
  • Long-term partnerships: Smaller groups can create long-term partnerships between companies and NGOs based on a solid foundation of cooperation

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However, if you want to get involved with 50 or more people, a Social Week might be just what you are looking for:

Division into teams and projects: Participants are divided into smaller teams and projects on different days to enable more efficient collaboration.

Clear communication and organization: Ensure clear and regular communication before, during and after the Social Week to avoid misunderstandings between all participating parties.

Professional support: Involve external organizations such as lets or event planners to facilitate logistics and coordination and to obtain strategic advice.

In summary, Social Days with 50 people are not only a challenge for companies, but also for the NGOs that are to receive the aid. Sustainable and effective support requires careful planning, clear communication and consideration of the limited resources of NGOs. Smaller groups can not only improve the quality of aid, but also foster long-term partnerships that go beyond individual events. Companies should ask the organizations about their current and specific needs - this is the only way to provide real help that creates a win-win situation for both sides.

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