Working Holiday!


Posted on 24 Jan 2017 12:12 in Shimbi Insights by Siddharth Deshmukh

Taking time to reflect on what's most important to create ways to overcome difficult challenges is goal of #WorkingHoliday at ShimBi Labs

On 19th January 2017 was our 5th working holiday, and I thought it is the right time to pause and reflect on this initiative which we started on April 2015.


Taking time to reflect on what's most important to create ways to overcome difficult challenges is goal of #WorkingHoliday at @shimbilabs

— Siddharth Deshmukh (@siddhud) January 22, 2017


Here my email to ShimBi Labs Team -


In my last email communication, I expressed my displeasure regarding efficiency and standard of coding, but I don’t want only complain. We must move forward and take action, do something to improve the situation. 

I was thinking about the same and couple of weeks ago also discussed with Kailash. We need some training, brainstorming, formulate some framework. To do all this, we must invest some time that is so hard to find on a regular work day. But we must work on these important issues. 

Today I wish to propose a WORKING HOLIDAY concept at ShimBi Labs. 

So, what is Working Holiday?
It's just another normal working day, but the only difference is, we will not work on regular projects. Instead, we will work on how to improve efficiency, build a framework for development and create some coding standards. Brainstorm new ideas, try to solve each others problems and yes not to forget to have some fun as well.

I propose to have Working Holiday on every 2nd Wednesday of the alternate month, starting 8th April 2015. So we will have 6 Working Holidays in a year.

Working Holiday is very important initiative & investment towards employees skill upgrade and companies future.

I am open to your suggestions and expect active participation.



Team coming together to discuss some hard to crack #technology problems on #WorkingHoliday @shimbilabs

— Siddharth Deshmukh (@siddhud) January 19, 2017


Over a period Working Holiday Idea evolved, and today we set the purpose of this day as -

  • To understand each other
  • To improve communication
  • To learn new things
  • To be aware of what we do and why we do it
  • Have fun!


To remain grounded sometime we seats on floor and discuss #WorkingHoliday @shimbilabs

— Siddharth Deshmukh (@siddhud) January 19, 2017


Here is an internal video of me restating the purpose of working holiday and making sure we are constantly watching ourselves and moving forward in our mission to be self-aware and deliver best to all our customers.



I think this initiative was well takeoff and it really helps us understand each other. We could examine our shortcomings and strengths. In future also we will continue to pause and ask ourseleve tough questions and try to find answers. 


And some times we step out to explore local #Musium #RajaKelkar #WorkingHoliday @shimbilabs

— Siddharth Deshmukh (@siddhud) January 19, 2017


Working Holiday like initiative is important in constantly changing and evolving world of technology. I would like to hear from you, what initiatives you are taking at your organizations? How do you deal with knowledge upgrade, stress management?

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Siddharth Deshmukh     
CEO, ShimBi Labs. Working with Small Businesses and solving their real business problems in a creative way using technology is my passion. Love #Startups.

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