So basically, yeah… I didn’t want to be “that guy”, but at a certain point you realize, they don’t care about this job— at all. Their priorities lie elsewhere. They view you, and the company you work for, the same way an animal views a food dispenser in a science experiment. They keep pressing buttons to see which ones give the tasty treats, and which give painful electric shocks. Otherwise, they’ll just mash all the buttons at once if they think they can get something out of it.
And that’s why you have to have “disincentives”. It really helps to have unpleasant things you can dole out when the worker isn’t working out. It may seem harsh, but the carrot rarely gets the same consistent results as the stick.