ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Office Gossip – How to deal with rumors in the office?

Updated on July 18, 2011
The best of us gossip - Learn how to handle and tackle rumors and office gossip.
The best of us gossip - Learn how to handle and tackle rumors and office gossip.

Top 5 tips to deal with rumor mill at work

Gossip in the office can be worse than gossip at school or university because you just can't afford to get annoyed and ask every shut the f*** up. Unless of course, you're the boss.


Nasty comments, nasty rumors and nasty gossip can hurt your professional life and can be a blow to your career. Are you fighting a lost battle with the gossip grapevine in the office? Here are some best ways you can deal with gossip at work.


1) Know which battle to pick. In your professional life, you will be faced with many battles when it comes to gossip and rumor at office. Ask yourself before giving the current situation a thought – Is this battle worth fighting for?


Example: Katy can handle quite a few drinks.

How to deal with this office rumor: Say nothing. So what if you can handle more drinks?


2) Don't fuel office rumors by giving explanations. Sometimes when you hear a rumor about yourself, it is best to react "Did you really hear that? From whom?" Stop here. You don't owe an explanation to anyone. You will only add fuel to fire.


Example: Katy went out for a coffee with the boss.

How to deal with this office rumor: Ask, "Who said that?" That's it. No explanations required here.


Funny video about gossip at work

3) Counteract office rumor with rumor. Confused? Don't be. Sometimes rumors can work in your favor. If you think that a rumor can support your cause, fuel it!


Example: Katy is a b**** when it comes to closed door meetings. She gets really nasty if somebody messes up.

How to deal with this office rumor: Say, "Well….people should know how to do their jobs, aye?" This will only reaffirm the fact that you don't appreciate it when people do sloppy work in the office.


4) Laugh it off. Time after time, you will hear gossip and rumors about yourself in the office that you may not like. In fact, they may boil your blood. Sometimes, the best solution is to laugh it off. Your nonchalant attitude and mockery towards to rumor will be insulting for the person in the office who is responsible for spreading it.


Example: Katy had to take the client out for many dinners before she got the deal done. I could have done a better job.

How to deal with this office rumor: Say, "Haha (loudly!), she's kidding herself" Believe me, the person responsible for this rumor will get to know that you laughed at him/her, adding to the insult!


5) Confront the person responsible for the rumor. There will be times when there are nasty things said about you in the office. If you feel that such a rumor holds no place in a professional work environment, confront the person responsible for the gossip and tell him/her that it will not be tolerated or accepted.


Example: Katy sleeps around to get promoted.

How to deal with this office rumor: Find out who is responsible for spreading the rumor and confront him/her behind closed doors. If it was John, say, "John I will not tolerate such nasty rumors. If you fuel such gossips again, I will report you for harassment" Watch John mellow down like a sheep and run away to his desk.


Be armed with these tips to combat office rumor. And be intelligent while you use them to make sure you're using the right tip at the right time!

And if you've got more tips and arsenal to combat the rumor mill in the office, post your comments so our friends in the corporate world are better armed.


This is what happens if you gossip at work

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      justicefollows 

      5 years ago

      Thanks - this makes quite a lot of sense, particularly confronting but as above this needs to be done carefully and I imagine could be more trouble than it is worth

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      7 years ago

      You're right, Jin. In fact, 'not being busy' is one of the ideal conditions from where gossips and rumors start.

      I'm glad you liked the hub.

      P

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      7 years ago

      Hi Husky

      Confronting the person responsible is a great move, but it can be risky at times. You'd need to have your thoughts and strategies well planned before heading into that meeting room with them.

      Thanks for reading!

      P

    • JIN1128 profile image

      JIN1128 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great hub. I think office gossip is especially bad when there is not enough work to keep everyone busy.

    • profile image

      Husky1970 

      7 years ago

      P,

      Great hub and so, so true. Is there any place this doesn't exist? Your tips are great. I especially like the one that suggests confronting the person responsible.

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      7 years ago

      You have a fantastic tip here, Flora.

      And you're right about not being bothered about gossip in the office. But sometimes its hard to avoid, especially if it's about you.

      Thanks for the top comment, much appreciated.

      P

    • FloraBreenRobison profile image

      FloraBreenRobison 

      7 years ago

      Regarding someone wanting to gossip with you about someone else-

      "I don't know. I didn't ask him because I didn't consider it any of my business."

      You don't want to appear as if you have lots of free time to gossip and not enough work.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)