* Get feedback Management’s idea of a good time may differ from that of the rest of the team. Poll employees at every level for opinions on what food to serve, the location and time of the party, and more. People who have a say in the process are more likely to attend. * Take money out of the picture If your firm is awarding bonuses, be mindful of the timing. Presenting checks at the party or on the same day will likely tie employees’ enjoyment of the function to the size of their bonus. * Make it easy to attend Keep the R.S.V.P. process simple, and if you’re holding the function a considerable distance from your office, provide transportation. * Keep it light It’s fine to have a schedule of activities, but allow plenty of time for people to mingle. Limit discussions of specific work projects at the party. * Focus on the big picture What do you want people to take away from this function? That your firm is a fun place to work? That hard work is recognized? That the team can pull through difficult times? Communicating your core message to attendees can help increase motivation and teamwork in the months ahead. SOURCE: OfficeTeam 2001 survey