Originally Posted by Cho-man:
It may also has to do with the fact that local employers do not really like self initiative from their employees, despite what they claim. Most local firms still operate in a hierarchy of strict top-down management and control. Whereas some multinational firms have adopted a degree of horizontal management and bottom-up initiatives, it is not the case in HK.
In HK, it is follow-my-orders and shut up. Doesn't exactly engender self-motivation from employees, does it? Not to mention the fact that those with drive and self-motivation are often cut down by office politics because they are seen as a "threat" to the rest of the office zombies.