The University of New Mexico has earned the platinum-level distinction for its workplace policies by Family Friendly New Mexico, a statewide initiative developed to recognize employers that have adopted policies that give New Mexico businesses an advantage in recruiting and retaining the best employees.

“We are happy to recognize The University of New Mexico as a committed leader in implementing family-friendly policies,” said Giovanna Rossi, founder and director of Family Friendly New Mexico. “Implementing family-friendly policies can be a simple, concrete investment a company can make to ensure it can compete for highly qualified employees.”

UNM has been recognized for its family-friendly policies each year since 2016, first achieving platinum status in 2020. Organizations are judged on policy categories such as paid leave, health support, flexible work schedules, and economic support for their employees. To achieve platinum status, an organization’s policies must also address pay equity, diversity and inclusion, and community investment.

“UNM strives to be a leader in supporting work-life balance for employees,” said Kevin Stevenson, assistant vice president for Human Resources. “Earning this designation validates the hard work of so many across campus as we continue to pursue more competitive wages and workplace flexibility, including the expansion of remote and hybrid work arrangements. We don’t feel you have to choose between the needs of employees and running a successful organization. UNM continues to show it is because of employee well-being that we are successful.”

Rossi added, “Studies have shown that costs associated with creating family-friendly benefits are more than made up for in improved productivity, employee morale and employee retention.”

In addition to its annual recognitions, the Family Friendly New Mexico initiative offers training, support and resources to businesses on how to implement family friendly policies.