May 2019

Workplace Relationships


Strong relationships enrich our lives. That’s according to the Harvard Study of Adult Development, which has researched keys to a healthy and happy life for more than 80 years.

“The surprising finding is that our relationships and how happy we are in our relationships has a powerful influence on our health,” said Robert Waldinger, director of the study and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “Taking care of your body is important, but tending to your relationships is a form of self-care too.”

However, it’s not just about sharing bonds with family and friends. Because you spend much of your week at work, connecting with the Harvard community also plays an important role in your wellbeing.

Creating connections at Harvard can sometimes be a daunting task, but now it can be a little easier. Want to build stronger relationships at Harvard?

Check out our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)—recently strengthened by the 2019-20 Presidential Administrative Innovation Fund and now supported by Harvard Human Resources.

ERGs help you foster meaningful connections while promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and inclusive workplace practices. These groups include:

You also can connect with others who share your professional interests through Community Groups, like the ABCD Committee, an informal group for professionals and students interested in IT, or the Analytics Staff Consortium. Looking to connect over shared personal passions? Visit one of our Harvard Neighbors’ nearly two dozen Interest Groups, which cover topics like Italian, French, Japanese, community service, and memoir writing.



Every month, this newsletter offers information and resources to support your wellbeing across many dimensions—from mindfulness and careers to financial matters and family life. Want to get deeper into an area of interest or explore the latest faculty research? Check out these other free e-newsletters from Harvard’s schools, groups, and projects!

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Mind & Body

These Harvard resources make it fun to step up your physical activity and health knowledge.

  • Gain a deeper understanding of health topics ranging from women’s health to addiction with Harvard Health Publishing’s special health reports (print and e-book). Receive 25% off with code HARVARD25!
  • Get moving with free Tai Chi in Harvard Yard every Tuesday evening, 5–6 p.m., from May through September.
  • Take your exercise out on the water! Harvard’s Weld Boathouse offers recreational rowing memberships as well as novice and private rowing instruction.

Learning & Growing

As the school year draws to a close, spend some time thinking about your own career path with these resources.

  • If you’re a research administrator, you can learn to manage sponsored funds in our robust REACH certificate program. Applications can be submitted starting in July, and information sessions will be offered in August.
  • Ready to expand your network? Then join your fellow staff members at Career Connections Across Harvard 2019, June 5, 12–3 p.m. at Harvard Law School (no registration required).
  • Set a direction for your future with Career Roadmaps (HarvardKey required), a two-day program featuring comprehensive career assessments and activities.

Living & Working

When life is challenging, these Office of Work/Life services and programs can help.

  • Paying for child care? The application period for Harvard’s child care scholarship program starts July 17 for non-union staff, faculty, and postdocs with children younger than 13.
  • Entrance exams. FAFSA. Financial aid. Learn to navigate the often daunting college application process at one of three on-campus HUECU College Planning Workshops, June 3, 5, and 19. To learn more and find links to register, go here.
  • Enhance your mindfulness and your cybersecurity. Register (HarvardKey required) for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s free Mind the Moment Program (June 13)—a collaboration with the Office of Work/Life and Information Security.

Finances & Security

Whether you’re planning a big trip or a big purchase, these resources can help you feel more confident about your financial decisions.