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Internet roasts tech Scrooge for his bad take on working during the holidays

'Outwork your competition' or drink mulled wine with family? Tough call.


Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Published Dec 19, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 7:28 am CDT

Over the next two weeks, a lot of people will try to unplug from work, or at least delay answering emails until 2018. But Nathan Hubbard, former CEO of Ticketmaster, thinks we all should work more during the holidays.

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Hubbard tweeted this depressingly bad take 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.”

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Sure, even if you are lucky enough to get two whole weeks off at a full-time job (which isn’t most people—the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports U.S. employees receive an average of seven paid holidays per year), most of us need some sort of break or vacation, especially after a grueling year like 2017. This is not the time to advocate for doing more work.

Hubbard’s advice, which was seen as a harmful display of the type of work ethic encouraged by tech companies, was sharply criticized across Twitter.

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And the Usain Bolt example was bad. Very bad.


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So is Hubbard planning to work over these next two weeks? Not exactly.

That’s right. He will be in Hawaii.

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*First Published: Dec 19, 2017, 1:06 pm CST