As part of its mission, the Council on Family and Work monitors the quality of life at MIT and shares its impressions with senior administrators, key committees, and the larger community.

Research News

Dear MIT Community,

The Council on Family and Work works to improve the well-being of our community, helping ensure MIT is a place where we have fulfilling and productive professional and personal lives.

One way we do this is by analyzing the faculty and staff Quality of Life surveys. See highlights from the most recent survey:

The findings include:

  • 91% of faculty and staff reported being somewhat or very satisfied being an employee of MIT.
  • 86% agreed their department/unit is a good fit for them.
  • 80% said they were satisfied with their ability to integrate the needs of their work with those of their personal/family life.
  • 86% described their overall physical health as good or excellent, compared to other people their own age.

A deeper dive into the data revealed that two strong predictors of the ability to integrate work and family/personal life are: (1) having a supervisor who is open to flexible work arrangements and (2) having been adequately mentored. See the full results (PDF).

We hope these findings will spark more discussion about flexible work arrangements and mentoring programs at MIT. As we continue to study the data more closely, we look forward to formulating more specific recommendations in the spirit of our charge. If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely yours,

Jim Bales, Instructor, Edgerton Center Assistant Director
Joseph Doyle, Erwin H. Schell Professor of Management
Co-Chairs, MIT Council on Family and Work

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