Rote Weihnachtsbaumkugeln und weiterer Schmuck

So much to do . . . so little time. Between holiday baking, canned food drives, Secret Santa gifts, school holiday programs, gift giving, family parties, friend parties, recovering from all the parties . . . what is a person to do?

I just had the conversation with my spouse stating that it’s all a bit too much. This is one of my favorite times of the year, but this year has seemed more overwhelming compared to years past. Rather than feeling “joyous” (insert sad emoji face here), I just feel stressed!

I decided I needed to suck it up and remember what it is that I love about the season. During some fun Pinterest research looking for some yummy holiday baking ideas that will surely perk up my mood . . . well, and add to my pant size . . . I came across an article that talks about what employers are doing to help reduce stress on their employees.

The article goes into not adding additional stress on employees. We all know what that includes! Whether we are trying to make those few extra bucks for gifts, getting those last few year-end projects on the books, wrapping up open-enrollment, finishing budgets, etc., it can be overwhelming. Even when employers plan what seems like “fun” events, it still adds to our plate and gives us just one more thing to do. Here at Cascade, we have a few traditions that really help to lessen our stress levels and also make us remember what is important. Rather than stressing over the perfect gift for our favorite co-workers, we are encouraged to bring in goodies to share with one another. And there is one thing that Cascaders can agree on . . . we all love food!

During the holidays we typically choose a charity to contribute to as well. Whether it is to support families in need, or bring in books for children . . . we are reminded that the season is about giving.

One other more recent tradition (which may be a bit early to call it) is holding our annual Holiday party after the traditional holiday season. This came about when we had to postpone things in 2016 due to the awful holiday-time weather. We all have so many things to balance in one short month that our team agreed it would be great to once again have our party in January. Why not have something else to look forward to after all the typical parties are over, when we can relax and actually enjoy some downtime with our co-workers!

The Society of Human Resource Management conducted a survey of HR professionals and found some great practices to help alleviate some of that pesky holiday stress that gets in our way of enjoying the season:

  • Schedule holiday events during normal business hours.
  • Show extra appreciation for employees who work during a holiday.
  • Encourage casual dress for holiday parties.
  • Provide holiday food.
  • Give quarterly or annual bonus early for holiday shopping.
  • Provide floating days for holidays worked.
  • Offer reduced or flexible hours so employees can run errands, make holiday preparations or attend a child’s holiday program (or other Holiday celebrations).
  • Allow time for volunteer opportunities during work hours.
  • Allow employees opportunities to work remotely during the holiday season to save time by not having to commute.

All-in-all, it is a busy time of year, but employers can definitely do their part to ensure employees are not too overwhelmed from a business standpoint, and try to provide some added benefits that will help in their personal lives as well.

Don’t forget the most important part of stress . . . STRESSED spelled backwards is DESSERTS . . . Enjoy!!!!

Happy Holidays!



ABC House Playroom Image

This nonprofit member works with children, youth and their families to overcome the crisis of abuse and neglect. Did you know…

  1. Established in 1997, ABC House is a Child Abuse Intervention Center (CAIC) offering child abuse assessment, treatment and support services, post-trauma counseling and youth and adult educational programming.
  2. ABC House is the only agency in Benton and Linn counties providing forensic evaluations and support services to children whom authorities have received a report or allegation of abuse.
  3. The organization’s staff is a multi-disciplinary team working in partnership with local law enforcement agencies, the Department of Health Services (DHS), the District Attorney’s office and many other agencies focused on children’s health and safety.
  4. ABC House provides services to over 4,500 people annually, including abuse assessments and medical consultation services to over 600 children each year.
  5. More than 50% of ABC House’s funding comes from the community—individuals, businesses, foundations and other funders.

Cascade is proud to feature ABC House, a member that envisions a world in which every child has the opportunity to be happy, healthy and safe.



A Thankful Post

by Angela Bergerson on November 23, 2017

in Reflection

Thank You

We’d like to take this opportunity to say “Thank You!”

We’ve been blogging for about seven years now, and the time has flown by. Thanks so very much for reading and connecting with us through this blog. We’ve had 388 posts so far (389 counting this one!) and we won’t be going away or slowing down anytime soon. We hope you will continue to join us!

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving weekend!


Cascade Team



Oregon State Highways 1918

In the many years of working in the payroll field in the Salem area, there is one comment I hear from a lot of companies: they didn’t realize they may be subject to transit taxes since their business is not located in that district.

It is not just about the location of the business, but is also about performing work in the district. If you are a business not in one of those districts but occasionally perform work in those areas, or have employees who live in one of the districts and work remotely from home, you may be subject to the tax.

Lane and Trimet are the more common transit districts you may be aware of, but did you know there are four others? All six have similar rules, and it would be a good idea to read through the rules for the district that pertains to you so you can be aware of what to include or what may be exempt. For example, if you have employees working in multiple districts or maybe only part of the time in one district, you will need to prorate their payroll dollars according to the areas they worked so you avoid paying more than required.

Lane and Trimet are reported on the Oregon OQ quarterly report and the others have their own form and rules for payment. Below is a list of all six areas along with a link to learn more about each including a boundary map and current rates:

As always, we are here to help should you have any questions.

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