Years ago, I suddenly realized that an apparently lazy programmer was actually the smartest person in the room.
What "being lazy" actually meant in this case was that the simplest solution would automatically have been chosen over a sub-optimal or an unnecessarily complicated one.
In other words, work would always have been as easy as possible.
"The illusion that “work done” somehow matters pervades corporations. Not only do they do a lot of work, but when there is more work than people, more people get hired to do more work instead of looking for ways to not do that work!"