I don't know whether you have had your Christmas party yet, but we had ours on Tuesday and it all went down really well. It is so lovely to see how getting together boosts everyone's motivation and job satisfaction, and from having regular meetings where staff were telling me all about problems, they are now boasting about the party and how great it was to see everyone; UK staff and international staff.
We had loads of fun, there were a few compromising pictures, some sore heads the day after, but it all just added to us all feeling a bit closer to each other.
We have staff parties twice a year and they are incredibly valuable to us. I have been told by several members of staff that they would much rather have these parties than a money based bonus twice a year.
Have you had your party yet? It can really kick start the new year with lots of positive staff!