I have been at a start up in Europe for a year. A friend brought me over to be design and technology architect lead of my department. Ever since our office filled with employees I have had a problem with false rumors and accusations behind my back. I have never instigated anything to cause this but for some strange reason I always seem to be thrown into the rumor mill about something I had no knowledge of and/or never caused. Im a regular easy going guy that is passionate about what I do. I don't have horns growing out my head or any oddities worth gossiping about.
I have tried to methodically think of why this could be happening and I have no solid theory or answer. Most of the employees are 20-40 year old females which is a first for me but never an issue. I don't flirt or fall into any questionable behavior. Also, Ive wondered if being an American in a European workplace is a source of sorts. I have great experience over my peers which is why I was brought over and I am extremely focused. I don't care much for gossip and games and I am always pleasant and professional with everyone.
Negativity rolls over me like water, I don't let it get me down it just pushes me to excel. How do I control back talking and false rumors without leaving the high ground? I tend to just keep my mouth shut and carry on..this has been my solution so far but I wonder if this helps or degrades respect of me. Getting loud and angry can backfire and I don't have time for extra drama.
Any similar experiences or advice? I'm more curious about this issue than irritated.