You've come to the right place. Our welcoming and knowledgeable staff is available to assist with the myriad concerns and issues that affect the lives of the MIT community.

You've come to the right place. Our welcoming and knowledgeable staff is available to assist with the myriad concerns and issues that affect the lives of the MIT community.


The MIT Work-Life Center is here to meet the personal and professional needs of our diverse, global community — whatever they may be.

Whether you are a member of the faculty or staff, a student or postdoctoral associate or postdoctoral fellow, 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 to resources and support systems, no matter where you are located. In addition to one-on-one consultations, we offer a wide range of programs that address specific life issues and events.


Personal Support in Response to Gas Explosions in Merrimack Valley MA and to Hurricane Florence

The impact and effects of the explosions and fires that took place on Thursday, 9/13/18, in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, MA, along with the start of hurricane season with Hurricane Florence, can affect people in different ways. Events such as these can cause anxiety and apprehension, whether someone is directly or indirectly impacted. We remind you that MIT MyLife Services is available to support you and your adult household members. MyLife Services offers:

  • Resources for local shelters;
  • Referrals to back-up child care centers;
  • Financial and legal consultations;
  • Emotional support during a time of uncertainty and stress.

MyLife Services is available 24/7 at 844-405-LIFE (5433); or can be contacted via email at (emails are responded to Monday - Friday only). For more information about resources and ways to help those who have been impacted, go to MyLife Services/crisis support

Fall 2018 Work-Life Seminar Series

What's complicating your life these days? Are you juggling multiple responsibilities and looking for a new approach to handling the stress of everyday life? Dealing with the possibilities and uncertainties of life as a young professional, including how to manage your finances and career? Perhaps you're adjusting to life as a new parent? Wondering how to support your school-age child, or how to best help your high schooler plan for college? Maybe you want to learn the best way to help an aging family member, or perhaps you are beginning to think about your retirement?

The MIT Work-Life Center's popular Seminar Series provides research-based strategies and information to help you deal with a diverse range of work-life issues. With more than 25 seminars, workshops, and webinars to choose from this fall, you're sure to find the topics that matter most to you.

Enhanced Paid Parental Leave

MIT has enhanced its Paid Parental Leave policy to provide 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.

Your Newest Work-Life Benefits

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

Financial Well-Being: Your Lifelong InvestmentMoney doesn't buy happiness. But understanding, managing, and communicating about finances can improve the quality of your life and relationships. This seminar series will help you take charge of your budget, financial short-term and long-range planning, as well as estate and retirement planning.

Retirement Sense: Making Informed DecisionsAre you thinking about retirement? To have a fulfilling and secure retirement, you need to plan now. Your satisfaction in retirement depends on understanding your values and getting your finances in order. These workshops—presented in collaboration with MIT Benefits—will help you understand how your current lifestyle, retirement dreams, savings, and investment decisions influence a successful retirement.

Planning and Paying for CollegeTake advantage of expert, personalized guidance by phone or in person. Seminars and webinars are designed to help you navigate the college admissions process, plan, and pay for your—or your child's—college education.

Student Loan Repayment Strategies: Access timely information and strategies for repaying your—or your child’s—student loans. Receive expert guidance on your unique student loan situation with a personalized consultation via phone or in person.

Senior Care AdvisingExperienced Senior Care Advisors provide in-depth, personalized consultations on care options, housing alternatives, and finances. They also facilitate family meetings and develop customized caregiving plans. 

MIT Received the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition's "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.

Relocating with a Family to MIT?

The Work-Life 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 call or email the MIT Work-Life Center for further assistance or if you have questions: 617-253-1592 or

Tips for Managing Stress during the Work Day

We have been asking MIT employees what they do when they feel stressed at work. Here are some of their ideas.

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