Work/Life Balance

At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we encourage our employees to have a true work/life balance. We genuinely believe you should have a personal life, not just a career. Here are just a few of the ways we can help a BWH career fit into your life.


Managing your childcare needs while balancing your career can be difficult. That's why BWH has developed several programs to make your time away from your children as easy as possible.

Longwood Medical Area Child Care Center

For employees whose family income is below $70,000, we provide subsidized tuition to the Longwood Medical Area Child Care Center on a sliding scale basis. Your little ones will be in good hands at this outstanding childcare center.

BWH Backup Child Care Center

The BWH Backup Child Care Center provides emergency backup childcare to children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years old, Monday-Friday at the rate of $8/hr/child. The BWHBUCC, which is located in the Brigham and Women’s Health Care Center at 850 Boylston Street in Chestnut Hill, extends care to the families of benefits eligible BWH/BWFH employees and patients.

Vacation Club at the BWH Backup Child Care Center

The Vacation Club allows school age children to get together for fun and educational activities during school vacations and at the beginning and end of the summer (when school and camps are not in session).

For more information on these backup child care programs including fees and how to make a reservation, please visit the Mass General Brigham Child Care Services website. offers in home backup childcare to benefits eligible BWH employees 7 days a week. Child care providers are screened and trained in health and safety by Detailed information on rates and reservation process.

Time at Work and Away


Wherever possible, we've left scheduling up to those who understand their schedules best — the departments and staff. Managers and employees working together have reduced the amount of on-call work in certain departments, meaning key units enjoy shift work only.

Employee PERKS Program

To further enhance your personal life, we offer substantial discounts on a variety of goods and services such as:

  • Specialty TIX – Discounts for the Boston Red Sox, Celtics, the New England Aquarium, IMAX Theater, movies, concerts, events, and more.
  • Entertainment in Boston – Enjoy special rates and discounts at entertainment hotspots like Alan James Disc Jockey, Boston Billiard Club, Jam Spot, and a wide range of restaurants.
  • Financial Credit – You and your immediate family are eligible to join firms such as Merrill Lynch, Professional Advantage Financial Group, and Summit Mortgage.
  • Travel – Employees can also enjoy significant savings on travel with Advantage Cruise & Travel LLC, Black Rose Fishing Charters, Community Boating Inc., White Swan Bed and Breakfast, Point Sebago Resort, and various other charter companies.
  • Health and Beauty – A range of day and beauty spas offer BWH employees discounts on a variety of services.
  • Everyday life – BWH employees can receive discounts on car rentals, auto maintenance, home decorating, home entertainment systems, mobile phone service, wholesale club memberships, wedding invitations, event planning, furniture, moving, and a whole lot more.

Family and Personal

Harvard Medical Office of Work & Family

Through our affiliation with Harvard University, BWH is able to offer our employees access to their remarkable Office of Work and Family programs. These programs offer free information and referral services in the following areas:

For your children:

  • In-home childcare agencies
  • Childcare centers and preschools
  • Family childcare homes
  • Summer camps
  • After school programs
  • Public and private schools

For your elderly relatives or other senior citizens:

  • Medicare and medical information
  • Home health services
  • Visiting nurses
  • Nursing home placement
  • Community resources
  • Support groups

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