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Ex-Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard Slammed On Twitter For Holiday Work Advice

Some people, especially those employed in the retail and service industries, have to work throughout the holidays. While having to work might put a crimp in these folks' holiday plans and limit their time for celebration, most retail workers say they count on the overtime and big Christmas bonuses every year. Obviously, every job has its compromises.

For most people, however, the Christmas holidays are a time for fun, food, and family, with work responsibilities taking a back seat for just a few days out of the year. Most Americans are hoping to unplug from work for a while over the holidays, or if possible and you have paid time off, relax and enjoy yourself all the way until 2018.

But not everybody shares that sentiment about the holidays. In fact, according to a recent tweet from Nathan Hubbard, the former CEO of Ticketmaster, you should work more during the holidays if you really want to get ahead in life.

The tone-deaf and Grinch-emulating ex-tech exec somehow thought it was appropriate to send out this tweet just a week before Christmas: “Whatever you’re hustling for, take note: most people/companies are shut down until ‘18. That means you get 2 extra weeks to outwork your competition. That’s 3.8% more time. For perspective: Usain Bolt won his gold medals running 1.2% faster. These 2 weeks are a gift. Get to work.”

Wow. Thanks, Nathan. But please keep in mind that even if you are lucky enough to get two full weeks off at your job (and most American workers do not get that much time off; Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows employees in the US only receive around seven paid days off per year), everyone who works full time needs (and deserves) a significant break or vacation at least once a year.

Now if you chose to use up your two or three weeks of paid vacation to go to Europe this summer, you can’t complain too much if you’ve only got Christmas and New Year’s day off. Those who have the right to grumble a bit are the majority of hardworking Americans that only have a handful of days off a year and are stuck working the holidays almost every year (or the growing number of self-employed individuals who have no paid time off at all!).

Frankly, unless you have the mentality of a scrooge, the holidays are really not the time to suggest that people should be working more.

Not surprisingly, Hubbard’s advice to work more over the holidays was roundly criticized by most of the denizens of the Twittersphere. The general consensus of the critics was that this suggestion was typical of the work-till-you-drop work ethic encouraged by most tech firms.

David Chartier went as far as to ask Hubbard to reconsider his advice: “This is the kind of advice that leads to burnout, weakened connection with family and friends, and overall dissatisfaction with life. Please reconsider spreading this kind of advice. It’s unhealthy.”

However, you’ve got to give ole Nathan credit, as, given his final tweet on this thread, he does end up with the last laugh:

“I [love] u, rage twitter. I’ll be in Hawaii with my kids. Here’s to the hustlers - I’ll be hustling to lose five pounds. Make your own choices. Do your thing.”

Source: Daily Dot
Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Bradley Gordon/Flickr, Twitter

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