Bonjour Laziness: Why Hard Work Doesn't Pay

Bonjour Laziness Why Hard Work Doesn t Pay Your company wants you to be loyal You should feel lucky after all your job is a privilege think of all those who would like to have it And you know despite what you ve read about Enron and WorldCom

  • Title: Bonjour Laziness: Why Hard Work Doesn't Pay
  • Author: Corinne Maier Sophie Hawkes
  • ISBN: 9781400096282
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Paperback
  • Your company wants you to be loyal You should feel lucky after all, your job is a privilege think of all those who would like to have it And you know despite what you ve read about Enron and WorldCom that management has your best interests at heart Your goal is to devote yourself to the pursuit of corporate profit, make your company number one, and reap the benefitsYour company wants you to be loyal You should feel lucky after all, your job is a privilege think of all those who would like to have it And you know despite what you ve read about Enron and WorldCom that management has your best interests at heart Your goal is to devote yourself to the pursuit of corporate profit, make your company number one, and reap the benefits of its success.Or is there something else you want to do with your life Bonjour Laziness dares to ask whether you really have a stake in the corporate sweepstakes, whether professional mobility is anything but an opiate It shows you how to become impervious to manipulation and escape the implacable law of usefulness In short, this book explains why it is in your best interest to work as little as possible.

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    1. My expectations were not really high, but I at least thought that I would have to chuckle sometimes remembering my own, not hyper-successful, time in a big corporate enterprise. 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. What's annoying: The author is trying to come across as a kind of cynical intellectual observer, but in the end she seems to be ra [...]

    2. I guess I've never actually finished this book--too lazy!--but I pick it up from time to time to read a chapter and chuckle over its (rather bitter, rather cynical, and, thus, rather up my alley) points--"Never, under any circumstances, accept a position of responsibility. Additional aggravation is never worth a few extra bucks a week.""[Work] is not a place for self-fulfillment. If it were, you would know it.""You will not be judged by how well you work but by how well you conform."I'm not sayi [...]

    3. The other day, a friend of mine mentioned overhearing two co-workers gripe about another woman (surprisingly, not my friend) who sat with a “sour look” on her face the entire time they were at a team lunch — and this is what I don’t get: there are a surprising number of office drones out there who act like we’re at work to make friends and have a good time…and these aren’t even people who do meaningful, important work all day. (I mean, sure, some of us are delusional enough to beli [...]

    4. Estimados lectores, ante todo quiero resaltar el pequeño eslogan incluido en la portada del libro: "El libro que está cambiando el mundo". ¡JA! Nos encontramos ante un pequeño ensayo, sin muchas pretensiones, escrito a la carrera y que impreso en letra normal no llegaría a las 80 páginas. En él la autora hace un somerísimo retrato de la cultura empresarial francesa y de cómo está claro (para ella) que el mundo no debería funcionar así. Propone "sabotear" el sistema convirtiéndonos e [...]

    5. This was much more stereotypically French pseudo-intellectual than I'd hoped. 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 120 pages of a 150 page book to get to the point. And her point is a fairly obvious one: offices suck, so stop giving a shit about your work because they certainly don't care about you.As for the promised strategies and tips for getting away with doing little or nothing at work? The only concret [...]

    6. This book may have been intended to be funny, but it simply depressed me. That's probably my own fault for not liking what I see in the mirror--I play the role of the middle manager for whom she possesses such contempt. C'est la vie. I will lie in the bed I've made until I can figure out the next step--with absolutely no help from Corinne Maier and this ridiculous book.

    7. I think everyone should read this! No matter your viewI can not help but to think of the differences between Edith Wharton (Having just finished The House of Mirth) and Corinne Miller. The differences in 100 hears, yet the amazing similarities concerning women in the workplace and views about women in general.In some ways, the more things change, the more they stay the same. We just wear different clothing.Interesting. All just really interesting. Food to ponder.

    8. It started very nice but as the book went on it was a little to management writing for me.I have to admit though that the last pages was a little bit like a revelation for me cause the ideas there are very revolutionary and pioneer.

    9. So far this book has me laughing so hard. Especially the part about what a crock corporate companies are when they use the "work smarter, not harder" philosophy! Reminds me of the last crappy job I just left!!

    10. It was like having a buddy share the same thoughts that I have on Corporates! They are never a part of our dreams, Just a part of our living-hood.

    11. Man, I love the French. I don't think this black hearted cynical little treatise on the stupidity of business could have come from anywhere else.

    12. Das Buch einer FrustriertenDas Buch klang sehr interessant, und wenn man bedenkt, dass es ein Bestseller ist, dann muss man ja geradezu hingreifen und es lesen glaubt man und man irrt sich gewaltig.Dachte ich zunächst der Grund warum dieses Buch so in Verruf ist, liegt darin begraben, dass Meier ein Tabu bricht und darüber schreibt, dass sich nicht längst alle so anstrengen wie sie das gerne vorgeben. Um so interessanter wäre es die Welt durch die klugen Augen eines solchen Menschen zu seh [...]

    13. The author is expecting that the end of history is just around the corner. That might seem mad but there are many clever people who have believed the same thing in the past. I think it was Marx who was a champion of that one. I think the book accurately describes the modern workforce. I wonder myself sometimes if it would be better to go and start a small business. Perhaps a bakery or cafe. I agree that there are some major flaws in the current system.But I think it is the result of the weakness [...]

    14. Det här är en analys av företagsstrukturer med en satirisk touch men jag finner den inte speciellt rolig. Den speglar maktstruktur som underminerar arbetslust och inspiration. Jag vet inte om det går att applicera på svenska företag, möjligen stora internationella företag som egentligen inte styrs från Sverige, eller företag med maktgalna män i toppen som trycker ner sina anställda, men jag kan inte påstå att det är allmängiltigt. Jag kan inte riktigt ta det till mig som hon skri [...]

    15. Um ensaio muito interessante, repleto de crítica irónica do desleixo da esmagadora maioria dos trabalhadores dos postos de trabalho denominados «empresas» que nasceram nas últimas décadas. Embora a autora se foque no exemplo francês, esta é uma mentalidade partilhada pela maioria dos empregados dos países ocidentais europeus, incluindo Portugal. Senti revolta até às últimas páginas, porque a escrita era oposta à minha maneira de trabalhar, mas Corinne termina em grande, esperando/r [...]

    16. PréambuleJ'avais déjà lu ce livre fin 2004 (peu après sa sortie).Je commençais alors, ma carrière professionnelle en prestation à EDF (la même entreprise que l'auteur).N'ayant absolument aucun souvenir du livre, et presque 10 ans plus tard (j'ai maintenant ma petit expérience en entreprise), j'ai donc décidé de le relire.Eh alors ?C'est un pamphlet, un litanie de phrases prétentieuses et définitives. Des affirmations sans argumentation se succèdent sans réel but, peut-être dans l [...]

    17. 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. Knowing that, I was still disappointed. The author hides between a flippant intellectual pose, which actually hides her ignorance about business economics. 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 [...]

    18. Ce livre m'aura fait énormément rire du début à la fin, tant sa transcription du monde de la grande entreprise est réaliste (n'en déplaise malheureusement à certains). Même si l'on ne peut pas être toujours 100% d'accord avec l'auteur, sa description caustique de l'entreprise et des mammifères y cohabitant est criante de vérité et arrive à mettre le doigt pil où ça fait mal."Quand certaines choses sont faisables dans la vie courante, elles deviennent difficiles dans le monde de l' [...]

    19. Originally published as "Bonjour Paresse" in France, "Bonjour Laziness" is a fiesty little tome that rails against the evils of the corporate world, and "middle managers" in particular. Anyone who has worked in a low-level office job will immediately identify with Maier's disdain and frustration for corporate culture. It actually gets a bit depressing at times, and I had to put it down for this reason. I'm not in the mood for reading something so morose right now! Great translations of French wo [...]

    20. Things must be really bleak in France. Maybe in a country where 1 in 4 work for the government this rant of a book makes sense. Written by an economist at state-owned French utility, Electricité de France, this book rails against corporate conformity and mindless drudgery. I had to put the book down halfway through when I felt like i was stuck in a conversation with the kind of person who won't leave you alone until they convince you that your life just sucks. Sometimes it's better to just say [...]

    21. Tämä on pieni ja ohut kirja, mutta ehdin siitä huolimatta pitkästyä, koska yritysmaailman ihmeellisyydet eivät ole ihan minun juttuni. Joku aiempi lukija oli ollut kirjasta ilmeisesti enemmän tohkeissaan, kun oli pinkillä tussilla alleviivannut tekstejä lähes joka sivulta :)Oli kirjassa toki huvittavia, tuttuja asioita, kuten sietämätön kapulakielisyys - siitä luin muutamia otteita perheenjäsenillekin ääneen.

    22. I like cynicism. I appreciate a business book that has a cynical perspective. But this one is just too negative. Maier just has way too much bitterness about her years spent working in business and it spills out on every page. It would have been better if the same message was presented more matter-of-fact with less rhetoric and less of a "the business world hates you, hates you, hates you" angle. A draining read.

    23. I'm embarrassedis was too hard to understand. The basic gist was a kind of snarky, ironic look at office culture in France. But it was a whole lot of jargon and I justdidn't get it. I liked the parts about Americanisms seeping their way into French culture in general but especially into the office: "packaging" "benchmarking" "reporting" "merging" "downsizing" (all said in a French accent). On to the next.

    24. An interesting book about something one ever sees discussed openly or honestly, the mind numbing idiocy and pointlessness of corporate work. This book touches upon it, but the author gets a little too cute and pithy for her own good. I like her call for sabotage and active disengagement. This book is a bit bleak and black, which I like but is missing the seriousness this subject deserves. Worth finding and reading, I picked it up for $1.50.

    25. Alcune delle cose scritte sono vere, ma l’approccio – che dovrebbe essere ironico – non mi è piaciuto affatto. Chi sputa nel piatto che mangia – e l’autrice lo riconosce apertamente – e chi lavora solo per la pagnotta a scapito di altri, merita solo il mio disprezzo. Il sistema farà schifo ma chi ci si gongola dentro dal basso non è da meno di chi non fa niente dall’alto per migliorarlo

    26. Esse é um livro divertido e leve. Você não vai encontrar grandes elucubrações ou mesmo descrições históricas ou análises sociológicas de tirar o fôlego e fazer você mudar sua visão de mundo. É um livro simples para entretenimento. Enfim, gostei muito e já li umas duas vezes. Não falhou em me fazer rir. :D

    27. Quelques chouettes phrases, drôle, mais pour le reste pas vraiment de contenu utile. Sert plus à se défouler / soulager en lisant quelque chose de reconnaissable et de rire un peu au 3ème degré. Permet quand même de prendre un peu de recul.Sinistrose est un bon mot qui s'accorde à la couverture.

    28. If you don't like the corporate world.t out. I'm not convinced working for a non profit company is any different. I think the author has a horribly negative attitude about the corporate world. It certainly isn't perfect, but has a lot of benefits too. Go work for yourself if you can't get along with those in the corporate world.

    29. Not a big fan. Somehow this got on one of my lists of business books to read. Unfortunately, it's satire and not particularly great satire. I was very disappointed. On the flip side it only took about 30 minutes to read.

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