Campus News - February 26, 2001
UNM turnover declining
By Susan A. Carkeek Associate Vice President/Director Human Resources Department
A new report by the Department of Human Resources Employee Relations Office
shows that UNM turnover has decreased by 10 percent in the last five years.
Turnover for 1999 was 14 percent, a lower rate than that of comparable organizations
nationwide. Nationally, turnover is increasing.
Overall UNM turnover data show no significant differences in turnover rates
for males and females, nor for ethnic groups.
Most UNM turnover is voluntary. When we looked at voluntary turnover rates, which do not include employees who are involuntarily separated, the rate is 13 percent.
These data are based on separations of regular status UNM staff employees and
show that UNM enjoys a stable staff population. It also indicates a high degree
of employee commitment.
Resignation data indicates some differences in the rates of resignation for
females and males, with females resigning slightly less often than would be
expected by their proportion in the population and males resigning slightly
more often than would be expected. It also shows some differences in the resignation
rates for minority groups. These differences are small, however, and may not
be statistically significant.
The report also analyzed resignations by grade and found that overall resignations
were proportional to the percentage of staff in each grade, with some minor
variations. In the higher grades resignations were slightly less than expected
while in the lower grades resignations were slightly higher than expected. In
1999, the majority of staff (72 percent) were in jobs with grades of 6 through
13. Resignations for that group were 64 percent, a lower level than would be
Further study is planned to determine if resignation rates vary by occupational
groupings. These findings will help us develop targeted retention efforts for
employees in areas experiencing disproportional turnover.
The Universitys success in reducing turnover during a time when other
employers have experienced just the opposite is testimony to our great work
environment. We can all take pride in the fact that we have created an environment
that meets the needs of our staff and where they want to stay.
The complete turnover report is available on the Human Resources website at
Questions may be directed to Patrick Vigil, Employee Relations Office, 277-2685.
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