John Malloy, President of Sanford Rose Associates® – Santee, Featured in the Wall Street Journal, When Your Work Pal Is the Office Laggard

Plano, TX 7/24/2017

By Dominic Bugatto

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 Malloy once complained to his boss that his friend, a fellow assistant coach on an elite college swim team, was running disorganized practices. “Something has to be done about this. He’s just not getting the job done,” Mr. Malloy says he told the head coach.

Word leaked out that he’d gone behind his co-worker’s back, hurting the team, says Mr. Malloy, president of the Santee, S.C., office of Sanford Rose Associates, an executive-search company. “I deeply regretted saying anything.”

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