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Avoid Work Rumors

Avoid Work Rumors - Rumors can be damaging to other's lives, self esteem, and relationships. A participant in gossip is as guilty as the person who started the rumors. People who work in an office environment know all too well how damaging rumors can be. A seemingly small tale, which might actually be 95% true, starts at one end and becomes a tall tale with 95% lies by the time it reaches the top floor.

Avoid discussing it. When someone comes to you with a little story about someone else you can say "I'm sorry, I really can't talk right now, I have so much to do before I leave today." As you get done saying that, pick up the phone and start dialing - maybe you can call IT and ask for help on some PC issue or call someone you meant to call anyway.

Avoid Work Rumors

Use distraction. Another thing you can do is to pick up some of your folders and mail and start walking towards the mail room or somewhere away from your desk. Give the impression of being in a bit of a rush.

Keep calm at home too. Stay-at-home/work-from-home moms also have similar situations. In these cases it's more of a neighborhood issue. You live with your neighbors so professionalism is not the issue anymore. You can, however, use the same tactics. If a neighbor comes by to chat about the couple down the street with the cheating husband, etc., simply say, "I don't like to get involved in other people's private lives. I'd rather not know about it," or "It's sad that they are having difficulties. Oh well, it's none of my business. So what are you doing this weekend?" or "Look at the flowers I planted in my garden." Change the topic after making your point.

Avoid Work Rumors

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