Lead by example One of the best ways to deal with gossip as a manager is to be a positive role model. Never spread rumors and avoid criticizing your superiors in front of staff members. Managers who consistently demonstrate integrity will inspire their employees as well. Schoenberger points out in his BBC Capital article: “When talking about office gossip about you, the best policy is to address the issue directly with the person responsible.
Office gossip can be harmful and, when you're the subject, seriously affect your well-being and performance. Sometimes, gossip “is a harbinger of something that is true and makes you realize something, as a manager, that you should work on,” he added. The institute had fired Joslyn Henderson because she had discussed a complaint from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that she had filed for sexual harassment and retaliation by her manager. The school had a restrictive no-gossip policy that prohibited talking about a person's personal or professional life when the person or their manager was not present.
In addition, gossip needs an audience, so it's an office culture that, at the very least, tolerates this person's behavior, but probably even encourages them. Depending on what part of the management team you're in, you'll need to check the entire train to make sure there aren't any weak links anywhere.