She started a ru­mour about me

Woman's Own - - GOOD ADVICE -

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

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