She started a rumour about me
Q I work for a very big high-street company and when I was promoted a few months ago someone started a rumour that I slept with a manager to get a promotion. I know who it was (she’s an ex-friend who I fell out with last year) and it upsets me greatly. I thought the rumour would go away but it has now become part of office gossip and I don’t know what to do. I feel like I should ignore it, but part of me also wants to have it out with the person who started it. Help. Joanne, 41, London
A Office gossip is often nasty and, you’re right, you need to decide how you’re going to deal with it. Yes, you can choose to keep your head down and wait till it burns out. but if you feel it’s going to affect your position at work, then you need to act. I would speak to your HR department, tell them what’s been happening and ask for advice on how to handle it. This way you are taking action in a positive way to protect your reputation and ensuring that it doesn’t harm your future at the company.
Office gossip can be horrible – ask your HR team for advice