Managing Work/Life

We count on you, and it's likely that others do, too.  When you come to work each day, you don't stop being a parent or guardian, or the child of an elderly relative, or the partner or sibling of an adult who needs care. Harvard offers an array of resources to make your balancing act a bit easier.

More information and resources are available below and at the Office of Work/Life.

Managing Work/Life

Health and Wellness

Harvard is invested in your health, wellness and safety.  There are dozens of programs and centers at Harvard dedicated to support your mental and physical health. 

  • Harvard's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides counseling, online resources and seminars to help with any personal, family, or work-related issue including mental health, drug issues, relationship safety, and more. Healthy Harvard provides an overview of services and resources.
  • Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) provides urgent care to Harvard staff when injury or illness arises at work.
  • Harvard University Health Services’ Center for Wellness provides resources, programs, workshops, classes, and therapeutic services such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture, massage, and Reiki.
  • Harvard athletic facilities provide annual or semester memberships, with personal trainers, fitness classes, and other offerings.
  • The Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Services (AODS) provides resources for smoking cessation, alcohol, and drug abuse for all members of the Harvard community, including family members.
  • Ergonomics tips from Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) help you stay healthy while you work.
  • Harvard on the Move is a University-wide initiative to promote physical and psychological wellness through non-competitive weekly walks and runs.

Caring for Loved Ones

Parenthood and Childcare

Harvard is committed to supporting parents at families at every stage. Available information includes:

  • Adoption Resources includes information on the Harvard Adoption Assistance Plan, and a listing of local, state, and national resources.
  • Lactation Support includes information on lactation support and related resources at the University.
  • Childcare at Harvard contains a wealth of information on childcare options, financial assistance for childcare, schools, and summer camps.

Elder Care/Adult Care

Harvard offers multiple resources that can help faculty and staff plan for and support an elder or other adult. Visit HARVie's Caring for Elders & Other Adults section for information on planning senior care, back-up care, and other resources.

Pet Care

If your pet matters to you, they matter to us. Harvard's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) may be able to help you meet your pet's needs.

Harvard offers pet insurance for cats and dogs through Pets Best. Pets Best offers coverage levels and options to meet your needs, payroll deduction and a 5 percent discount on the BestBenefits Plan. You may use any vet with this plan. You may enroll at any time; enroll by the 15th of the month for coverage beginning the first day of the following month. For plan details and price, and to enroll, call 866-228-3516 or visit CrimsonPersonalPlans.com.

Flexible Schedules

The time you spend at work should not prevent you from attending to your personal responsibilities and interests.  As much as possible, we encourage employees and their managers to work together to customize schedules through flexible work arrangements.

More information and resources on remote working are available on our Remote and Flexwork page.