Campus News - February 26, 2001

Human Resources
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 expected.

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 University’s 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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