Corinne Maier is an economist and author who has worked for years at Electricite de France (EdF). Shortly after the publication of this book in France, Maier was due to be disciplined by her employers for disloyalty to the company and for reading a newspaper during a meeting. However, they have since abandoned disciplinary action. For the moment, Maier continues to work part-time at EdF and to follow her own recipe of how to work as little as possible. The remainder of her time is dedicated to writing and to psychoanalysis.