Can Perpetual Demotivation Be Reversed?
Demotivation is like the decomposition process, once it has started, the tale-tale signs remains in spite of whatever vigorous process of disinfecting.
Albeit with limited research, the thesis that it is difficult if not impossible to reverse the process of perpetual demotivation once it has started seem to hold particularly in the underpaid civil service.
Over years our civil servants have born the blunt of vicious economic conditions with little reprieve from the Apex body. Little by little the down trodden employees have conditioned and braced themselves by withdrawing their vital contribution giving only what they feel is commensurate with their meager salaries.
Corruption, laziness, moonlighting and other diseases not easy to describe have become the norm. This scourge have become so endemic that flushing it away will take more that what any motivation theory can bargain for.
Is it not misplaced therefore to posit that "systemic" demotivation can not be reversed. Particularly where you are dealing with an employee who has been abused for generations.