2020 is here, and with it, a new round of surveys and quality data! Download our survey calendar for the year, including estimates for launch dates, close dates, when reports will be available, and pricing.

In 2020, Cascade will be offering several new surveys. Included is the Oregon Wine & Vine Pay and Benefits Survey, collecting pay and benefits data from wineries and vineyards across the state. We will also be offering nonprofit reports of the Regional Pay Survey and Regional Benefit Survey, replacing the Nonprofit Pay and Benefits Survey. These reports will be available in a combined package at a reduced cost.

Also on offer is the National Wage and Salary Survey, which collects pay information on 151 positions across the country from local surveys of other Employers Associations. This survey is particularly useful to organizations with locations in other states that want to do side-by-side comparisons of specific salary information.

Make sure to get the following surveys on your calendar, as they will require individual organization participation for the participant discount:

  • Regional Pay
  • Regional Benefits
  • Salary Budget
  • National Business Trends
  • National HR Policies and Benefits

National HR Policies and Benefits is a biannual benefits survey that is conducted nationwide through the Employers Association of America. If you are interested in receiving national benefits data, make sure to get this one on your calendar early!

Also making a comeback in 2020 is the Refineries Pay and Benefits Survey, which was canceled last year due to poor participation, and was moved to a biannual schedule. We are hoping for an excellent turnout this year with more time for organizations to prepare for the survey.

If you would like to be on the contact list of any of the surveys on offer, or if you have any questions, contact McKenna Arnold, Survey and Research Manager, at

We look forward to a great year of surveys with you in 2020!



Peeking Through

Might be the best three clicks you’ll make in 2020

If you have anything to do with your organization’s training and professional development, here’s some stuff to make your new year go a whole lot smoother.

Our January 30 ½-day leadership session Designing an Engaging Employee Development Plan is specifically tailored for those charged with developing, administering, promoting and coordinating your organization’s employee development and continuing education. You will work with a roomful of professionals to grow your 2020 training plan. We will outline best practices for assessing needs, targeting resources, promoting employee development, and evaluating programs. And, best of all, this is free to members. The usual training fee of $125 will be waived for one participant from each member – just enter discount code PDPROMO at checkout!

This January 30 training will be in Salem. We also offer this topic in April (Portland) and in July (Eugene).

If you want a glimpse at what our Leadership and Professional Development looks like, please take a minute to check out these “sneak peeks.”

Designing an Engaging Professional Development Plan – (Complimentary Registration for Members)

Over the years, our training department has been called upon to help members with the challenges of maintaining effective workplace learning programs. All employers want to provide opportunities for ongoing development. You don’t have to be a researcher to know that ongoing education helps with attracting and retaining employees along with improving engagement and morale. Please come join the conversation. Take a look.

Train the Trainer – Best Practice for Knowledge Transfer

The train the trainer sessions dig in on adult learning theory, maximizing learning, best practices for delivery and content development. In this 8 minute sample we review the Transfer Matrix that reveals who the key players are in making our learning stick. Take a look.

Emotional Intelligence – 5 Key Components

Research continues to show that Emotional Intelligence skills are more important even than technical knowledge when it comes to maintaining employee engagement. Here we outline the skill set that takes good leaders into the great zone. Take a look.

Getting Things Done – Finding (and Promoting) the “Why” Behind Your Project

While our full-day Project Management training gives participants an opportunity to outline in detail all the core components of an effective project, this video spotlight takes us into the crucial factor for developing and selling your project to the team—the “Why” behind the work. Take a look.

Strengths Based Leadership – Working in the ZONE

Many of our leadership offerings bring focus to the business case for helping all employees to spend more time Doing What They Do Best. Great leaders follow the clues to their own and their coworkers Strength Zone. Tools, including ©The Predictive Index are reviewed. Take a look.

Creative Problem Solving

A glimpse at the process for breaking down creativity and promoting positive problem solving with our teams. Take a look.

Keys to Successful Change Management

In our Change Management trainings (part of Leadership Engagement Essentials, Basics of Supervision, Change Management, and Personal Strategies for Managing Change) we review useful models for navigating workplace transitions. This is a quick breakdown of the 6 keys to successful transition. Take a look.

Breaking Down Best Teams

Borrowed from the Table Group, this is a picture of the key characteristics of the most effective work teams. We explore these models in our Leadership offerings including Basics of Supervision, Foundations of Leadership, and Accountability and Delegation. Take a look.



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This nonprofit’s mission is to inspire children to learn through creative play. Did you know…

  1. The Gilbert House Children’s Museum is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) children’s museum connected to downtown Salem’s Riverfront Park. Founded in 1989, Gilbert House Children’s Museum provides innovative and stimulating educational experiences which spark children’s natural curiosity. The museum is designed for children ages 2 to 10, but all exhibits have been designed for children and their grown-ups to play and learn together.
  2. The Museum is named after Salem native, A.C. Gilbert, an extraordinary scholar, inventor, Olympic gold medalist, entrepreneur and magician. An advocate of learning through play, Gilbert was the proud inventor of the Erector Set, the inspiration for the Museum’s giant outdoor Erector Set, the highlight of their 20,000 ft² Outdoor Discovery Area.
  3. In 1918, during World War I, Gilbert testified before the U.S. Council of Defense on behalf of the toy industry after Congress declared a moratorium on the manufacturing of toys. He told Congress that not only were toys valuable learning tools, but they showed the long-term effectiveness of fostering inventiveness, creativity, ingenuity and problem-solving abilities. His philosophy is the inspiration for the Museum’s mission.
  4. The Museum has 16 hands-on exhibits, an Outdoor Discovery Area, camps, field trips, membership opportunities, and educational programs in the sciences, arts and humanities. It’s composed of three historic houses: the Rockenfield House, Gilbert House and Parrish House.
  5. Coming in 2020 is the groundbreaking of the first phase of an innovative nature-based playscape to transform the Museum’s outdoor space. Included in the build is a much-anticipated bubble exhibit, Bill’s Bubble Factory, and additional play opportunities that introduce early learning concepts in physics, chemistry, and the natural sciences. These initiatives are made possible through funding from grants, donors, and business sponsorships.

Cascade is proud to feature Gilbert House Children’s Museum, a leader in providing high quality, hands-on, experiential learning opportunities in science and the arts for children that ignite their imagination and provide essential building blocks for life-long learning.



Cascade Staff 2019

In observance of the holidays, the Cascade offices will be closed December 24, 25 and 31, and January 1.

Our resolution for 2020 is to help great employers like you sleep better at night, knowing that you have a great team of HR experts ready to assist in mitigating your risk.

Please accept our best wishes for this holiday season!


Cascade Team

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