Work-Life Balance

MIT Lincoln Laboratory recognizes that a balance between work and personal life is essential for employees' well being. The Laboratory offers a number of services to assist employees in maintaining such a balance, as well as offering flexible work schedules, part-time employment, and telecommuting opportunities.

Mother and child at Children's CenterChild Care

The Lincoln Laboratory Technology Childcare Center in Lexington is just 1.3 miles from the Laboratory and provides developmentally based infant, toddler, and preschool programs for children from 8 weeks to 5–6 years old. Technology Childcare Centers are managed by Bright Horizons Family Solutions and overseen by the MIT Work-Life Center.

Exercise class at the Fitness CenterHealth and Wellness Center

The Health and Wellness Center houses a medical facility operated by MIT Medical and a fitness center. The medical center offers primary care services for members of the MIT Health Plan and brief medical assistance for employees. The Fitness Center, which all employees are eligible to join, is run by the MIT Athletic Department; it features weight training facilities, a free-weight area, and a variety of cardiovascular equipment, including treadmills, steppers, and lifecycles. The Fitness Center also offers classes in such areas as aerobics, weight training, and yoga.

Lincoln Laboratory New Employees Network (LLNEN)

LLNEN helps new employees transition into the Laboratory and the local area, and provides support to new employees through social and professional networking.

Out ProfessionalEmployees Network (OPEN)

The Out Professional Employees Network (OPEN) provides a forum for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community at Lincoln Laboratory. OPEN strives to make Lincoln Laboratory an environment in which LGBT employees can thrive and feel comfortable. 

Social Activities (MIT Activities Committee, MITAC) 

MITAC promotes the enjoyment of Boston area cultural and recreational activities by offering opportunities for or discount tickets to everything from hayrides to NYC shopping sprees to ski getaways as well as various sporting events (Bruins, Red Sox, and Celtics games), exhibitions (flower shows, car and boat shows), theater, music, and other popular events.

The Ombudspersons Program

The Lincoln Laboratory ombudspersons are employees who have been appointed by the Director to help resolve employee concerns. Ombudspersons provide informal, impartial assistance that may facilitate fair and equitable resolutions of problems or disputes. Ombudspersons do not represent anyone; they act as neutral parties and respect the rights of privacy of individuals they are helping.

Commuter Services

Lincoln Laboratory encourages sharing transportation to work and using public transportation through several programs that offer employees assistance with commuting:

  • Hitch-a-Ride Matching Service
  • Rideshare Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home Program
  • MBTA Pass Program

Brown Bag Seminars

The Human Resources Department at Lincoln Laboratory offers a wide range of informational seminars. Held about once a month and called Brown Bag Seminars because they are advertised as "bring your lunch" events, the seminars are presented by community experts on topics such as parenting, communication, elder care, and managing finances.


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