As a services and trades employee (and a member of SEIU, HEREIU Local 26, HUSPMGU, HUPA, or ATC), you have access to a wide array of Harvard benefits, services and discounts.
Harvard’s full range of benefit programs includes medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending accounts, as well as life and disability insurance options. These benefits also include retirement plans:
- A Basic Retirement Account, maintained by the University.
- An Individual Investment Account, where you choose the investments.
Make sure you take time to get to know the range of services and resources provided, so that you can take advantage of all that Harvard offers for service and trades employees.
- These Harvard Benefits Enrollment Videos will help you learn more about your benefits
- Your local HR office is a valuable source of information for employment questions.
- Your union agreement has more detailed information about policies and procedures, benefits, time off and more.
- To learn about your retirement plan, you can watch the online recorded 1995 Staff Plan overview and review the 1995 Staff Plan information sheet.
- Harvard’s retirement education and planning resources help you understand and make the most of your retirement benefits.
Education, training and career development
Harvard has educational opportunities and career development program to help you in your job today and in the future.
- Harvard Bridge provides adult education classes in English, writing, computers, high school diploma completion, citizenship, and much more.
- Center for Workplace Development provides a wide variety of courses to helping you build skills that can help you in your current job and support your career development.
- Harvard Internal Professional Pathways (HIPP) is a customized skill-building program that is primarily designed for hourly service and trades employees.
- Harvard’s Tuition Assistance and Tuition Reimbursement Plans (TAP/TRP) offers eligible employees the opportunity to enroll in Harvard and non-Harvard courses at substantially reduced rates. Some Harvard certificate and licensing programs are eligible.
Entertainment and culture
Your Harvard ID is your ticket to culture, both at Harvard and in the Cambridge/Boston area. Your ID gives you access to:
- Discounted passes for movies, local museums, New England Aquarium, amusement parks, zoos, and much more as well as tickets to theatre, music and sporting events through Harvard's Outings & Innings program.
- Harvard libraries
- Museums on campus as well as free entry to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Institute of Contemporary Arts
- Athletic facilities and recreational opportunities.
- Free admission or significant discounts at recreational and cultural activities in the Cambridge/Boston area.
Trouble with your ID? Contact the Harvard ID Office.
Help for you and your family
Whether your child is a newborn or a teenager, Harvard provides services and resources to help you with family challenges like:
- Finding and paying for child care
- Reviewing schooling options
- Parenting concerns
- Locating elder care
- Other family issues
Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available anytime for help with family matters, legal questions, financial problems, and other issues. Employees and members of their immediate family/household can use the EAP.
Help with problems at work
Most workplace issues can be resolved by working with your manager, local HR office, and/or union representative. But some issues require more problem-solving. A directory of problem-solvers, including the Harvard University Anonymous Reporting Hotline, the University Ombudsman Office, and local HR offices, is available at Solving Workplace Problems.