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Current Issue: October 20, 2003
Volume 39, Number 7

Human Resources

Consultants assigned to focus on 'departments’ overall health'

By Susan A. Carkeek, Associate Vice President/
Director Human Resources

To meet the needs of UNM departments, we have created the HR Consultant Groups. The groups are designed to complement the structure of the university and are assigned to departments based on UNM organization codes.

The staff at Health Sciences Center Human Resources will serve departments housed on north campus. The three HR Consultant Groups serving main campus are as follows:

• Academic Affairs (Organization Codes – 10000 & 60000)
• Business and Finance (Organization Code – 30000)
• Student Affairs, Advancement and the President’s Office. (Organization Codes 20000, 40000, & 00100)

A good analogy for the role of the HR consultant is to look at the job of a primary care physician, who is responsible for knowing you and understanding your individual needs.

We would like you to think of your HR consultant like you would a primary care physician. Your consultant is going to focus on your department’s overall HR health. He or she will be familiar with each department’s situation and know how best to help solve problems and address its needs. Whether it is staffing, employee relations, compensation, training, or other HR issues, your consultant will be your source of knowledge and will make recommendations based on what is best for you. If he or she is unable to answer questions and you need further assistance or advice, a specialist will be consulted.

Just as in the medical field, HR has specialties as well. Our specialty areas include compensation, benefits, employee and labor relations, and employee and organizational development. In addition to serving as technical advisors to the HR consultant groups, the focus of the specialty areas in UNM HR will now shift from handling day-to-day problems to those issues that affect the university as a whole. This focus will ultimately benefit all our employees in years to come.

Each consultant is prepared to forge a positive working relationship with each of his or her designated departments. By working collaboratively with each specialty area when necessary, your consultant will ensure that your HR needs are met. Through the new organizational structure, the Department of Human Resources is committed to providing you with the best in HR Services.

We’re interested in any feedback you have on the new HR. Please send comments to hrhelp@unm.edu.