Balancing Work & Personal Life

The Center offers assistance to MIT faculty, staff, and students who are exploring ways to integrate work and study with their personal and family life.

General Information
Center consultations Meet with Center staff regarding balancing work with family and personal life, parental leave, breastfeeding support, career and employment transitions, dual careers, work-life stress, and the timing of childbearing. For more information or an appointment, contact the Center at 617.253.1592, or email
Care for Family, Pet, and Home Make life a little easier and get a helping hand by using the expansive website. This self-directed search benefit is available at no cost to current benefits-eligible MIT faculty, staff, postdoc associates, and postdoc fellows. Search on your own to find local home and convenience services, tutors, adult care, child care, dog walkers, and more. Post a job or search local caregivers to find the solutions that best fit your needs. You can message candidates, schedule interviews and jobs, and pay for services online. 
Work-Life Resources 24/7 Members of the MIT community may call 877-847-4523 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to reach a consultant who can answer questions about relocation here and abroad, parenting, schools, elder care, finances, legal issues, and more. Also explore the website for a wide range of work-life resources, including immigration information, volunteer opportunities, and caregiver locators.
Lending library Check out books on a variety of work/family topics.
Council on Family and Work This presidentially appointed, Institute-wide committee addresses work-life issues for all segments of the MIT community, including faculty, staff, postdocs, and students, and it welcomes inquiries.
Staff Resources
A Guide to Job Flexibility at MIT: Tools for Employees and Supervisors Considering Flexible Work Arrangements (PDF) Download a copy of this important document, prepared by the Council on Family and Work, to provide both employees and supervisors with an overview of flexible work arrangements, including types of arrangements and how to evaluate and negotiate different situations. You may also request a copy of the guidelines by contacting the Center at 617.253.1592 or
StaffLinks Resources on career growth, benefits, networking, and creating an inclusive workplace.
Postdoc Resources
Postdoc Information Seminars, events, listserv and resources for MIT's postdoctoral community.
Student Resources
Childbirth Accommodation Policy for Graduate Students Learn about MIT's maternity/childbirth accommodation policy and visit the Graduate Student Council's website on student family living at MIT.
Student Life & Learning Information for graduate students and undergraduates, including information on balancing studies and personal life.
MIT Resources for Graduate Student Families A list of MIT resources available to graduate student families that was created by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education.