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MIT wins 'Boston's Best' award for work/life and family policies

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- MIT has been named the winner among large businesses in the Boston area for the quality of its work-life and family polices. The award, known as the Boston's Best Companies for Working Families Award, was sponsored by The Boston Parents' Paper; the online parenting information service, LocalMom.com; and the Boston College Center for Work & Family.

Laura Avakian, vice president for Human Resources at MIT, will accept the award at a gala breakfast celebration at the Hotel Meridien Wednesday, October 25. The awards event begins at 8:00 a.m..

"We are delighted with this recognition of MIT's commitment to helping our employees and faculty balance work and family matters. It is particularly meaningful because the award is based in part on our staff's responses to a confidential survey. We will continue to listen to our employees to find innovative approaches to improving the quality of work life here," said Ms. Avakian.

"We need to move ahead together with other companies to meet the challenging work of organizational change and to develop resources so people can have healthy family lives," said Kathy Simons, co-director of MIT's Family Resource Center.

The Parents' Paper initiative began a year ago in an effort to highlight companies that have best met the work-life needs of employees.

The winner in the small business category was Crittenton Hastings House, a non-profit in Boston that helps individuals and families, particularly teen parents, with housing, education, life skills and job training. The three sponsors of the awards also presented special recognition awards to John Hancock Financial Services Inc. and State Street Corporation for their own work-life programs and the high satisfaction level of their employees.

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