EP 36 - Tales from Around the Water Cooler with Carol Semrad

In this episode of “Tales from Around the Water Cooler,” Kristen sits down with Carol Semrad, principal of C. Semrad & Associates, where she provides human resources consulting for small- to medium-sized companies. Carol and Kristen discuss the importance of networking and developing relationships in the workplace, which today can be unpredictable and quickly change. They also talk about the challenges faced by employers and employees in rapidly growing businesses, and the responsibility of the employer to keep open communication with employees during transition. Maintaining relationships through the separation process, and making the separation a positive experience on both sides, is essential from both an HR and a legal standpoint. This episode concludes with a timely discussion of the impact of the #MeToo movement on business in general and HR consulting in particular.

Carol Semrad, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the principal of C. Semrad & Associates and is a highly seasoned human resources professional with 20+ years of experience. She is P&L oriented and has worked directly with presidents and chairmen in taking companies from their infancy to $100M+ in sales. Carol’s work on mergers & acquisitions has made her the “go-to expert” for integrating organizations and creating alignment within newly combined businesses. Carol is known for her ability to work with people at all levels of an organization, allowing her to influence behaviors from the board room to the lunchroom. Carol is a past president and current treasurer of Chicago SHRM, the largest SHRM chapter in Illinois.


Website: Carol’s website

LinkedIn: Carol’s LinkedIn profile

Other: SHRM

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