Quality of Life Surveys
Quality of Life Surveys are administered periodically to examine the work-life environment for faculty, other instructional staff, researchers, postdoctoral scholars, administrative staff, support staff, service staff, and students at MIT. The Staff Quality of Life Survey is sponsored by the Council on Family and Work, Office of the Provost, and Chair of the Faculty.
Most Recent Survey
In January 2016, MIT faculty and staff were invited to participate in a web-based Quality of Life survey.
Prior Quality of Life Surveys have been conducted in 2001, 2004, 2008, and most recently 2012. Findings from the 2012 survey include:
- 91% of faculty and staff reported being somewhat or very satisfied being an employee of MIT.
- 86% agreed their department/unit is a good fit for them.
- 80% said they were satisfied with their ability to integrate the needs of their work with those of their personal/family life.
- 86% described their overall physical health as good or excellent, compared to other people their own age.
A deeper dive into the data revealed that two strong predictors of the ability to integrate work and family/personal life are: (1) having a supervisor who is open to flexible work arrangements and (2) having been adequately mentored. See the full report of the Council’s analysis of the 2012 survey (PDF).