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How To End A Work Friendship That's Become Toxic (VIDEO)

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When a work friendship begins to sour, sometimes the best way to keep the peace in the office is to end that relationship. But there's no easy way to divorce a friend who you see in a professional setting every day.

HuffPost Live's Caitlyn Becker dug into that issue to find out the ideal way to distance yourself from a work friendship that just isn't working.

Chris Aung-Thwin, an editor at, said the best approach is the least dramatic one.

"I would let a relationship fizzle more than having a direct conversation with somebody about why it's toxic or how it's not working," he said.

Ending the friendship with a confrontation could result in hard feelings that can haunt the office worse than the negative relationship, Aung-Thwin added.

"Basically you're going to be going through a break-up or a divorce at work without the benefits of those, which is freedom," he said. "You're going to be stuck with that person day after day for an indefinite period of time, and you don't want that negativity to keep brewing and brewing."

Watch the full segment about ending work friendships at HuffPost Live HERE.

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