The MIT Center for WorkLife and WellBeing

Welcome to the MIT Center for WorkLife and WellBeing! We're here to help.

The MIT Center for WorkLife and WellBeing offers a wide range of programs and resources that address specific life issues and events. Call on us whenever you need a solution, big or small. Whatever your phase of life, whatever your challenge, we're here to lend support and connect you with helpful resources. Consultations and referrals are available at no cost to MIT faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students, as well as their partners and families

While the Center delivers important individualized services, we also focus on the high-level systems and infrastructures that affect the quality of life at MIT, promote best practices in national and international work-life forums, and assist in the development of new policies and services. The Center operates within the Institute's Human Resources Department. Get in touch with us.

MIT Center for WorkLife and WellBeing projects and achievements

  •  MIT enhances Paid Parental Leave policy: MIT's enhanced Paid Parental Leave policy provides eligible new parents with up to 20 days of paid leave, which must be taken within 6 months following the birth, adoption, or placement of a child. Learn more.
  • MIT receives "Breastfeeding-Friendly Employer Award": The Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition (MBC) has recognized MIT as a breastfeeding-friendly employer that actively supports the efforts of employees who want to continue breastfeeding when they return to work. Learn more about breastfeeding support at MIT
  • Launching MIT MyLife Services, a free, confidential MIT benefit that provides MIT faculty, staff, postdocs—and families—24/7 access to a network of experts who are available to help with life concerns.
  • Overseeing MIT's child care initiative, including the development of the new Lincoln Laboratory Childcare Center at 5 Forbes Road.
  • Founding two national organizations: the College and University Work/Family Association and the National Parenting Education Network.
  • Achieving recognition as a national model by professional organizations and conferences.
  • Analyzing and disseminating key research knowledge on the care of  teens and  young adults.

Program Highlights and Additional Resources

MIT Staff Emergency Hardship Fund

The MIT Staff Emergency Hardship Fund provides financial assistance to MIT staff and postdoctoral scholars (associates and fellows) who are experiencing an immediate, severe, and temporary financial hardship due to a sudden or non-recurring emergency (e.g., serious illness or injury, family crisis, natural disaster).

Specialized support for COVID-19-related crises

The Center for WorkLife and WellBeing has created a suite of resources and strategies to provide direct, custom support to DLC leadership in the event of a COVID-19-related crisis. See details.

Webinar Series

The MIT Center for WorkLife and WellBeing's Webinar Series provides research-based strategies and information to help you deal with a diverse range of work-life and wellbeing issues. With more than 25 webinars to choose from each fall and spring, you're sure to find the topics that matter most to you.

MIT MyLife Services

If there’s something on your mind, call MyLife Services—a free, confidential MIT benefit for faculty, staff, postdocs and their families. One call puts you in touch with a network of experts who can provide emotional and behavioral counseling, work-life consultations, and personalized referrals.

Search Inside Yourself Leadership program

The Search Inside Yourself Leadership (SIYL) program was designed and implemented at Google by some of the world’s leading neuroscientists and mindfulness instructors, and teaches emotional intelligence skills that lead to sustained peak performance, strong collaboration, and effective leadership.

The MIT Center for WorkLife and WellBeing is pleased to offer occasional full-day workshops to HR Partners, AOs, and FOs, and to help DLCs host their own full-day or 90-minute workshops.

Additional resources and information

  • Relocating with a family to MIT? The Center is pleased to provide a Guide to Child Care and School Enrollment (PDF)  for families who are planning to relocate to the Greater Cambridge and Boston areas. Please review this guide and contact the Center  for further assistance if needed.
  • Interested in learning about job flexibility? Review comprehensive guidelines, tools, resources and information related to job flexibility practices at MIT – for both employees and managers. Learn more.
  • Need tips for managing workday stress? Visit MyStressTools. Also, we've been asking MIT employees what they do when they feel stressed at work. Here are some of their ideas.
  • MIT Center for WorkLife and WellBeing Lending Library: The Center houses a lending library on a wide variety of work-life topics, and is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in NE49-5000. To borrow a book, we just need your name, email address, and telephone number. Books may be borrowed for three weeks by members of the MIT community only. If you don’t find what you need, feel free to contact the Center and suggest a purchase!

Have Questions?

Get in touch with the Center.