The French Take on "Office Space"

Maier acknowledges that the countries are different, pointing to the fact that the United States is a younger country with a lot of immigrants working long and hard hours to live the "American dream" -- big house, big car, big TV.

"Regardless, Americans can still relate to the inanities of corporate life," Maier said. "Sure, the phenomena of hiding out in the office is less prevalent but Americans are still questioning themselves about life, work and family."

Job Dissatisfaction Growing

She may be right. U.S. workers are showing more signs of job dissatisfaction as they are pushed to produce more and adapt to new technology, a survey said late in February.

Half of all Americans today say they are satisfied with their jobs, down from nearly 60 percent during 1995, according to The Conference Board.

The workers most satisfied with their jobs are those earning $50,000 or more and workers at least 65 years old, the survey found.

"Even though the U.S. has more of an entrepreneurial bent, boredom in the office is widespread. Americans will inevitably get a kick out of it [her book]," Maier said.

Maier's employer, on the other hand, was less than thrilled by her book encouraging workers to be "slackers extraordinaire." The French utility giant EDF reprimanded her but she kept her job. As for her future, she's planning to write more books.

"I am still surprised at how well the book has done especially since I am encouraging mediocrity but I might as well continue down that road which, I guess, means I will become mediocre like all the rest."

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