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Your work friend is letting your team down—what should you do?

It’s one of the most awkward professional situations—do you confront your colleague, run to your boss or keep quiet?

It’s great to have a friend on your team at work—unless your friend isn’t pulling his weight.It may not feel like your place to tell a friend to work harder, but ratting him out to the boss isn’t very appealing, either. Walking the line between being a good friend and a good employee requires figuring out whether your friend is likely to listen to any critique you give, and if so, delivering the message in a kind but firm way.Tattling on a teammate can backfire. John

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