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Well Time

Amended date: 12/01/2018

The University recognizes the need for work/life balance, and as such, provides a generous vacation time award for all employees who meet benefit eligibility.  These banked accruals can be used throughout the year, which allows paid time off for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.


Use of Paid Sick Leave for Wellness Activities (“Well Time”)

To help employees participate in the university’s wellness initiatives, benefits-eligible employees may use up to eight (8) hours of accrued Paid Sick Leave per calendar year to participate in approved wellness activities (“Well Time”). Well Time hours are pro-rated for part-time employees. The use of Well Time should not result in overtime for non-exempt staff. 

For the purpose of this policy, a wellness activity is defined as participation in a university-sponsored health history risk assessment or comprehensive health review, wellness plan development with a university-approved health coach or participation in a Tufts University sponsored wellness activity.

Eligibility to Use Well Time

Employees may use Well Time after completion of their trial period. Employees requesting Well Time are expected to coordinate with their manager or supervisor to ensure business needs are met and any impact to the department is minimized. Well Time provided for wellness activities does not reduce the overall workload or duties of the employee. Typically, to participate in wellness related activities, employees need to take approximately 60-75 minutes of Well Time away from their assigned work unless coordinated with employee breaks or before or after their work schedule.


Staff: any benefits-eligible employee who has standard hours of 17.5 hours/week or more and is not otherwise covered by a collective bargaining agreement.  Postdoctoral scholars’ practices are outlined in the postdoc handbook. Faculty should refer to the by-laws of their primary school affiliation for guidance.

Related Links and Resources:

Postdoctoral Scholars’ Handbook:


This Well Time Statement is part of the HR Employee Policies and Procedures that can be found at here.

Disclaimer: Changes to this policy and the handbook in which it is maintained may be made at any time, at the sole discretion of the University and is not a contract. Employment by the University is at will and either the employee or the University may end the employment relationship at any time.