Cadila Pharmaceuticals announces a four-day holiday for its employees from May 22-May 25


Discerning the importance of a good work-life balance and the nostalgia surrounding the treasured childhood memories of their employees, Cadila Pharmaceuticals recently declared a four day summer break for its entire staff from May 22 to May 25. The first-of-its-kind break in the pharma industry has been consciously worked around the month of May, considering the summer vacations of employees’ kids.

Long waiting hours at doctors’ chambers, long days of field work, building sales pressure, stock management and more – work stress in the pharmaceutical sector is quite significant. Moreover, the 24×7 plant operations for timely production output do not allow for the pharmaceutical industry staff at production units to get enough time off work. Also, executives who need to often travel out of town for work, sometimes overseas, tend to miss out on celebrating festivals and quality time with loved ones. While many jobs allow for such work holism, Cadila Pharmaceuticals is leading the way by ruling work martyrdom out and giving its employees a well-earned break.

Every drop makes an ocean, likewise every little change in culture will transform an organization for better. Sunil Singh, CHRO Cadila Pharmaceuticals resolved to modify practices at Cadila when he joined it less than a year back.Cadila has always been there but its growth has been flat over the years. When I joined, the mandate given to me was to transform the work culture,” says Singh.So far, Singh has paced his journey consistently transforming one practice after other. Having started with modifying the performance management system and naming it ‘HappyShift’.

According to Expedia Vacation Deprivation Survey 2018, India is the most vacation deprived nation in the world. The survey also states that around 53% Indians take fewer vacation days than they get while 35% avoid taking leaves as work schedule does not allow for vacation. However, every employee, even the most dedicated one, looks forward to a little break from the daily grind and deserves it too. Through this ‘HappyShift’ initiative of a mini vacation, Cadila Pharmaceuticals is setting the precedent of a great work life balance.


  1. It’s good strategy to increase productivity. We need to give more to gain more. These steps need courage for the management to sustain. Hope it continues in Cadila and many other company follow this.

  2. I wish the practice of such a holiday started during my stint with Varila Laboratories during 1982 to 1996.
    All praise for Varila Management.

  3. Very good initiative. Sincerely appreciate the management for this wonderful thought provoking decision.
    Best wishes to all the employees of Cadila

  4. I think Cadila is a pioneer company to introduce such unique strategy first time in pharma industry.
    I hope with this strategy , FWs will give more intelluctual efforts to organisation . it boosts all in terms of sales etc.

  5. We must say thanks to Mr.Sunil Singh CHRO cadila who has taken a big initiative and for developing a new trend in pharma sector.He find out the employees happiness and by taking such type of decision employees can work with fresh mind and work from the bottom of heart.

  6. Good initiative, it should continue, others organization need to follow, for maintain balance in life.


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