The rank and file of gov't workers don't normally work those jobs for the paycheck, that's a non-starter. They do it to make a difference, to matter. The best examples are those who put their lives on the line, or to endure often thankless jobs, like teaching.
The good news is that public servants are starting to get serious support from their leadership, from the people at the top. They're now being told again that their work matters, that they should serve the public, that they should do the job.
They, always knew that, but to hear it from leadership is a dramatic shift from "gov't is the problem" and what they do doesn't matter. Hard to operate under circumstances like that, and you might miss stuff, like if you're a financial regulator.
For more on this, check out a short piece Here Comes Gov 2.0 — and a New Generation of Federal Workers
The big deal is that in the last year, people see that Barack has their back, and so do people of good will everywhere.