Difficult Personalities: The Rumormonger

A rumormonger takes out her negativity toward work by spreading rumors. She feels a sense of importance when the stories she created or helped spread begin to circulate or when others have strong reactions to what she is saying.

A rumormonger also senses a loss of control over her environment or other people. Rumors help her regain that control. Her favorite saying is, "Let me tell you what is really happening."

Rumormongers especially like to spread rumors about:

  • Senior managers
  • Reorganizations or job cuts
  • Other people's salaries
  • The fast-trackers
  • What competing companies offer their employees
  • Who is dating whom at the company

They perceive these topics to be their most powerful weapons in gaining control over others, even if it is only temporary control.

The Solution
The best solution is to give people in the organization the information and facts they need. When you do this, there is little motivation for them to listen to the rumormonger.

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Excerpted from Managing Workplace Negativity by Gary Topchik, published by AMACOM Books

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