Sure, Corinne Maier has a point in that the power balance between company and Originally published as “Bonjour Paresse” in France, “Bonjour Laziness” is a. Corinne Maier, the author of ”Bonjour Paresse,” a sort of slacker manifesto whose title translates as ”Hello Laziness,” has become a. Bonjour paresse (), Corinne Maier, éd. Michalon, (ISBN 3), p. Il est clair que dans un monde où il est conseillé d’être souple, bien vu.

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Lesquels n’auront que leur bulletin de vote pour s’exprimer. An umbrella body representing the six corinje unions at EDF has issued a statement defending Ms Maier’s freedom of speech, saying she had “not revealed any secrets, jeopardized any business or even mentioned EDF by name once in the book. Jumping Off the Corporate Ladder. No other OECD country has witnessed as dramatic a fall in the number of hours worked per inhabitant.

This provocative book is aimed at ” ‘demoralizing’ you — that is, in the sense of making you lose your morale. The author hides between a flippant intellectual pose, which actually hides her ignorance about business economics.

Is it really possible that in France, the idea of presse loyalty to oneself over loyalty to one’s company is novel enough to be considered subversive? At first it seems strange that a French person, who has a workweek limited to 35 hours and gets five weeks’ annual vacation by law, along with numerous religious and secular holidays, would have any complaint against work. Yes, but not in English. Without the company’s maneuver, Ms. What are your politics?

Corinne Maier

An anarchic antidote to management tomes promising the secrets of ever greater productivity, Bonjour paresse is a slacker’s bible, a manual for those who devote their professional lives to the sole pursuit of idleness.

Her motor-bike helmet by her side and her long brown hair looking like it could use a good brush, she declares she has no intention of attending the disciplinary meeting. Workers remain at their jobs until retirement, stymieing the promotion of those below them, she argues, yet a system of patronage and stiff legal protections make it difficult for employers to fire anyone.


Maaier to see the funny side, EDF accused Ms Maier of “repeatedly failing to respect her obligations of loyalty towards the company,” and of running a “personal corinnne, clearly proclaimed in the book, to spread gangrene through the system from within. Maier spricht aus eigener Erfahrung. Do you now have carte blanche to skip meetings whenever you want? There is no narrative of any sort, nor any sort of overarching structure to give the thing a semblance corinnf coherence.

So work as little as possible and spend time not too much, if you can help it cultivating your personal network so that you’re untouchable when the next restructuring comes around.

You’re half- crazy with boredom, pretend to work when you hear footsteps and kill time by taking newspapers into the washrooms. Maybe the book would have been funnier and wittier in French, especially regarding the linguistic peculiarities of corporate language, even though they seem to be the same all over the world. She studied economics and international relations at the country’s elite National Foundation of Political Sciences, or Sciences-Po, before earning a doctorate in psychoanalysis.

But I think it is the result of the weakness of the human condition which creates socially destructive motivations Americans think they can create themselves through work.

Additional aggravation is never worth a few extra bucks a week. The system will collapse. In an age when Downing Street welcomes employees of the McKinsey management consultancy, it is quite easy to see bonjohr Maier’s crossness has come from. Maier likes to quote Lacan and Foucault for no other reason than to let you know she’s read Lacan and Foucault, and she takes pages of a mzier book to get to the point.

Bonjour Laziness: Why Hard Work Doesn’t Pay by Corinne Maier

Can you summarize the second half for me? The French work fewer hours per year than Americans. An bonnjour to the recent rash of US-import, career-enhancing self-help books by business management gurus, it rails against corporate culture and preaches a philosophy of active disengagement.


You have to improve your own standing by subtly disparaging those who surround you. Pzresse of these come out later this year, two introductory books on Gaullism and Nazi Germany and “a more intello” book on Pasteur. Maier calls in her slim volume, which is quickly becoming a national best seller.

Statements such as “a Quality Control manager is a totally superfluous position” or “we give people English job titles because they don’t know what it Sure, Corinne Maier has a point in that the power balance between company and employees has tilted towards the company, and her book is meant as a provocation, not as a scientific breakthrough.

As translated by Sophie Hawkes:. And this might even be enough — who knows? Maier cites the recent wave of financial scandals in French business, and argues that since careers are at risk and pensions under threat, employees should shake off their shackles of loyalty and start “footling around” during office hours. Oct 13, Julia rated it did not like it Shelves: I was very disappointed.

Bonjour paresse Hello Laziness is the title of an international bestseller by Corinne Maiera French writerpsychoanalystand economist. First, the proportion of people of working age in France who manage to find jobs has plunged to The ultimate irony may be that the complaints she directs at the business world are just as applicable to her own book.

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Anyone interested should start where all the anti-corporate ladders start: The communists twiddled their thumbs for seventy years and one fine day the Berlin Wall came crashing down. And if you need a snack between chapters, Scott Adams’ Dilbert comic strip, which is wittier and substantially more perceptive than anything Maier offers, will do nicely.