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6 Ways To Show Your CIO Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Your IT leader deserves a little (appropriate-for-work) love, too.

Valentine's Day is a holiday typically associated with love and romance, a time in which we shower loved ones, family members, and dear friends with gifts and kindness that show how much we appreciate them in our lives.

While most of us don't think about love when we think about work, we think it's time to change that. After all, doesn't your IT leader deserve a little love, too? Maybe you really appreciate the hard work your IT manager does for your group, and you want to show that appreciation meaningfully. Or maybe your motives are more selfish: You want to impress the boss to try to better your career. Or, dare we suggest, you even have a crush on your higher-up? You could take the tried-and-true method of buying candy, liquor, flowers, or a card. But clichéd trinkets can only be so memorable. And, they might raise HR questions.

Instead, here are six suggestions from InformationWeek on ways to show safe-for-work love to the man or woman in the corner office. Though we're presenting these ideas in honor of Valentine's Day, they're really appropriate for any time of year.

Acting on these suggestions may even serve as a modest career investment, although such thinking goes against the Valentine's Day spirit. Love does not demand reciprocity or dividends. Love is selfless -- even at work.

Once you've reviewed our gallery of the best ways to show your boss some love, tell us what you like (or hate) the most about our suggestions. And, take a moment to share your best and worst workplace Valentine's Day stories with us in the comments section below.

Joe Stanganelli is founder and principal of Beacon Hill Law, a Boston-based general practice law firm. His expertise on legal topics has been sought for several major publications, including US News and World Report and Personal Real Estate Investor Magazine. Joe is also ... View Full Bio

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