How to Expunge Malevolent Rumors about Oneself


Removing or expunging malevolent rumors can be difficult dependent upon what had been stated. If there is a grain of truth in it, then some cleansing of the soul may be warranted. If the rumors are hearsay, then learn what to do.

  • Evil whispers and hearsay are almost a staple in the workplace. When you bring together a group of diverse people with divergent beliefs, personalities and attitudes and house them in a confined space, something is bound to be said about you or someone.While it is a part of life, it should not take place if it is not warranted. People will talk about you; it is inevitable. No matter how saintly you appear, all the people may not like you for various reasons. You may be intelligent and smart, they may be envious of you for the money or position you are in and feel that they deserved it and not you. The reasons are the trigger point. Stifling or terminating the rumors can be difficult.

  • Rumors are often difficult because first impressions are lasting impressions. Even someone with a good reputation can turn into someone that spreads false things about you. The truth of the matter is that it is hard to squelch any rumor if there is a grain of truth to it. Are you having an affair with a co-worker or a boss and someone found out about it? Even if you get a promotion because you deserved it and worked your tail off, if you are sleeping with someone it will cast a shadow over you. In that particular case, anything that is spread would be your fault because your actions precipitated the rumor in the first place.

  • Are you the kind of person that has a bad temper or is deemed incompetent? A situation could make your temper flair in the workplace, and that can have a negative effect on your reputation. If it is your job to answer the telephone and you are rude, it would be your fault that people talk about you even if you had justifiable cause to be upset. A bad temper can lead to all sorts of chitchat that can hamper your career. The repartee that is produced could be eliminated if you realized what you are doing, pay attention to it and get rid of the attribute that is causing you dismay.

  • However, if it is not warranted then it should be addressed right away. Why wait for it to linger? The more it is being absorbed into people’s consciousness, the more apt they are to believe the malevolent lies. The first thing to do is to try to ascertain where it originated from and cut it from the source. People will always deny that it was their fault for starting something, but at least they will know that you know who initiated it. Make sure they know in no uncertain terms that if it is not stopped, you will go through the proper channels. Look that person in the eyes to make clear your intention. If it continues, carry through on your threat and have the person reported through the proper channels.

  • Another venue you can take is to talk to people to dispel their preconceived notions concerning you. If there are rumors that you are greedy or a tight wad, and it bothers you, make sure you make it a point to buy Girl Scout cookies, raffles or some other charity organization. If the rumor is that you slept with someone, and it is not true, ward it off immediately. Make sure, when the two of you are together, that you are not standing too close or holding eye contact too long or anything else that can be construed as having an affair. If you display any characteristic that is consistent with what is being spread about you, and if you want it to discontinue, then halt the traits that are being purported by others.

  • If you are the type of individual that really does not care what people think about you, then congratulations, you are in a vast minority. People will tell you that they do not care, but what lies underneath could be an entirely different matter. So take heart and heed your instincts. If you want it stopped, then do something about it, but don’t jeopardize your career over it. There is a right way and a wrong way. The institution you work for usually has a chain of command to go through. The structure was enacted to help people with their concerns. Utilize it before the malevolent rumors start to affect your work.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not be afraid to go through the chain of command for resolution.
  • Address the concern as soon as you learn about it.

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