The University of New Mexico administration is taking steps to show appreciation for and support of its employees, in both the short- and long-term.

President Garnett Stokes has said her traveling office hours have given her the opportunity to meet with a diverse group of students, faculty and staff each week, and listen to their perspectives, concerns and aspirations for UNM.

“While I appreciate that the University has had limited options to recognize and reward many of our employees. I have also heard that we must improve morale and create an environment where they feel valued and appreciated,” said Stokes.

Extended Fourth of July Holiday
In recognition of the efforts of UNM employees, President Stokes has approved Friday, July 5, 2019, as a holiday. This will be in addition to Thursday, July 4, which is already a designated holiday.

The efforts of our faculty and staff are much appreciated, and we would like to recognize our employees with this additional day off for their hard work,” said Stokes.

A more detailed announcement will be forthcoming regarding class scheduling and employee time reporting. UNM employees with clinical or other essential responsibilities should consult with their supervisors on schedules for this day.

Paid Parental Leave Policy
UNM is also in the process of drafting a new Paid Parental Leave (PPL) policy for staff that would provide all eligible parents with up to four weeks of paid time off - separate of accrued sick and annual leave - to care for and bond with a new child. In February of this year, the UNM administration received a Staff Council resolution requesting the implementation of such a policy.

“Our campus community is one in which our employees should thrive, both personally and professionally,” said Stokes. “Supporting our staff to ensure they have that very important bonding time for births and adoptions is a reflection of that commitment.” It is anticipated that the policy would be effective beginning July 1, 2019. Further details will be provided in the coming weeks, as well as an opportunity to submit feedback when the policy proposal is posted for public comment.  

“Each and every staff member is a valuable part of the Lobo family,” said Stokes. “And we will continue to seek ways to recognize and reward that dedication.”