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Motivate Your Employees

Motivate your employees to succeed and reach their full potential

How do you keep your employees motivated about their work and going the extra mile? One way is to encourage employees to continue to learn and grow and provide them an environment with opportunities to excel.

There are a variety of ways to do this in the Federal Government! Take a look…

Training and development

Many cybersecurity employees desire to continue growing in their field and honing their expertise. A comprehensive federal training system already exists. Work planning sessions and performance reviews serve as occasions for managers and employees to discuss learning and developmental opportunities.

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) offers premier online resources for cybersecurity training.

Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) is a free online, on-demand cybersecurity training system that is available for government personnel and veterans. Managed by the Department of Homeland Security, FedVTE contains more than 800 hours of training on topics such as ethical hacking and surveillance, risk management, and malware analysis.

Course proficiency ranges from beginner to advanced levels. Several courses align with a variety of IT certifications such as Network +, Security +, and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

NICCS Education and Training Catalog is the central resource connecting the public with over 2,800 cybersecurity-related courses offered in the United States.

The Catalog is a central location where cybersecurity professionals across the Nation can find courses to add to their skill set, increase their level of expertise, earn a certification, or even transition into a new career. For more information, click here.

Federal employees have access to degree programs and courses at a reduced tuition rate.

As part of the continuing efforts to provide higher educational opportunities to the Federal workforce the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) partners with colleges and universities through OPM’s Federal Academic Alliance. This provides current Federal employees with the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education at reduced tuition rates.

This program is a benefit that Federal employees can take advantage of at their own pace to pursue or enhance their higher academic education. Some of the agreements extend the benefits to spouses and legal dependents.

To learn more about the Federal Academic Alliances, click here.

Governmentwide Cybersecurity Orientation Program

The Federal Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council and the OPM established a cybersecurity orientation for new cybersecurity professionals. The orientation includes keynote speeches from Government leaders, presentations by senior cybersecurity practitioners, and the opportunity to network with other cybersecurity professionals from across the government. Managers and Supervisors may check with your CIO if you are interested in having your new cybersecurity employees participate.


Managers may have employees actively searching for relevant ways to continue their career development and broaden their perspectives. Rotational opportunities, either inside your agency or in another agency, may be a valuable endeavor for employees.

Work-Life Balance

Many employees value work-life balance. A flexible work environmentmay help your employees succeed in balancing work and personal responsibilities. Telework and flexible work schedules can be particularly beneficial. Check with your agency’s Human Resources Office for more information on the available flexibilities.


Telework is a work arrangement that allows an employee to perform work, during any part of regular, paid hours, at an approved alternative worksite (e.g., home, telework center). It is an important tool for achieving a resilient and results-oriented workforce. At its core, telework is people doing their work at locations different from where they would normally be doing it. This makes sense when you consider that ‘tele’ comes from the Greek word meaning “from a distance” – when combined with work it means “work from a distance.”

Flexible Work Schedules

An agency may implement for its employees an alternative work schedule (AWS) instead of traditional fixed work schedules (e.g., 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week). Within rules established by the agency, AWS can enable employees to have work schedules that help the employee balance work and family or personal responsibilities.

Performance: Help your employees perform to the best of their ability

Managers are responsible for monitoring employee performance and conduct.You are a critical part of an employee’s success and motivation. It is your daily Daily dedication to basic performance management management that drives goodcan help drive good performance and results. Click here for information about developing performance standards.

Nurturing and managing employee performance means that you:

  • plan work and set clear expectations;
  • continually monitor performance;
  • develop the employee’s capacity to perform through training, individual development plans (IDPs), coaching, rotations, etc.;
  • periodically rate performance; and
  • reward good performance.

For more information please see OPM’s Performance Management Overview & History.