Corinne Maier, author of the French bestseller "Bonjour Paresse," which translates to "Hello Laziness," talks to BusinessWeek about why she thinks mid- and low-level corporate workers owe it to themselves to slack off for at least half the work week. One reason: If you're trying to advance you might just find that "the person that gets promoted isn't the person who is doing the actual work. He is the person who sells himself, shows up all the time, is very happy to be there, agrees to everything, and speaks the jargon."

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