Work/Life Resources @ Harvard
Harvard has long recognized the importance of having a healthy balance between work, personal life, and academic pursuits. Its commitment to quality of life has been recognized by national and local organizations such as Working Mother and Conceive magazines, the AARP, the Dave Thomas Foundation and the Boston Business Journal. Ensuring balance starts with offering exciting and meaningful
career opportunities matched with opportunities to grow personally, spend time with friends and family, and explore life.
Harvard’s generous time-off policy – including lengthy paid vacations, sick time, holidays and paid time off for new parents, combined with a number
of unpaid leave opportunities – is designed to help employees manage work and family responsibilities. For many employees paid time off
starts accruing the day you begin work.
The Office of Work/Life helps Harvard’s diverse population find solutions to the daily challenges of personal, work, and family life. The office provides information and referrals to assist with all kinds of life events and to help employees manage unexpected disruptions of work or study. For concerns ranging from workplace stress to caring for a young child or
other family members, members of the Harvard community have access to a wide variety of resources to help them integrate their work and life responsibilities. This includes Harvard's Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which helps employees with mental-health problems, child care and elder care referrals, workplace stress and crises, legal and financial questions, and more.