How to Get Your Boss Fired

It’s one thing if your boss doesn’t deserve you. It’s another thing if you and your coworkers don’t deserve your boss. Getting rid of a poor-performing overling isn’t easy, but start here:

Document, document, document.
If you have a host of complaints about your manager, document them—not just as a list of faults but as a list of examples. So you don’t write “Manager is rude.” You write “On March 1, Manager interrupted Tanya six times in a five-minute discussion. She raised her voice and called three people idiots.”

Talk directly to HR.
Don’t rely on an aggrieved coworker to relay information. And don’t assume the HR person will come to you if she wants to hear your side. Make your own appointment, or grab the HR person in the hall, but go talk to her now. Encourage your coworkers to do the same.If all of you explain what’s going on, the powers that be will have a better understanding of the true problem.

Make sure you are direct and clear.
People tend to downplay the problem when asked directly. So when you go to the HR person, say clearly, “This is not about a conflict between the boss and Tanya.” Then refer to your documented list of problems. Do not sugarcoat it with words like sometimes and I feel and maybe. Don’t say “I feel like the deadlines she gives are unrealistic, and that causes stress.” Say “The deadlines she gives are unrealistic. For instance …”

Be prepared for nothing to change.
The manager’s manager isn’t taking care of the problem. If she acknowledges that this manager is an idiot, she has to acknowledge that she made a poor hiring decision. People don’t like to admit their faults, so they tend to ignore this type of problem as long as possible.

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28 thoughts on “How to Get Your Boss Fired

  1. What about having some class, and man up and be direct with your boss!!!, instead of being a backstabbing coward!!!. I had a tough boss once and once I directly communicated to him how unfair he was, he actually listened to me, and things got better. At least try to have some morals and work it out,,,,,but then again maybe thats to tough to ask in these days when to many are backstabbers, cowardly, and just whine at anything. I found if you WORK and do your job,,,its amazing how your boss leaves you alone.

  2. This article is useless, just drop a kilo of coke in the trunk of their car and document that…… :]

  3. HR will back the boss 200 percent and the worker who spoke up will be treated even worse than before. HR works for management and most HR people don’t care about workers at all. Ask any worker who has been brave enough to speak up about an unjust boss.

    1. Darn right. And the HR people also defend the company no matter what illegal things they are into. I now laugh at these articles which purport that HR is always on the side of “fairness.” They get paid by the company and they will not give up their paychecks for you or doing the “right thing”—ever.

  4. You can have all the documentation you can possibly write but if your boss is in tight with HR theres little chance anything will change, even the brickheaded GM. Go all the way to the top to the board of directors, that usually gets some follow ups with corporate HR and then down the line.

  5. “Make sure you are direct and clear.”
    This is very difficult for many women, who see clear, direct expression as being rude and confrontational. It’s also why many women and nearly all men can’t stand to have a woman as a boss. Everything is emotional. Everything is personal.

  6. In all cases, keep well documented notes, If your state allows you to, record conversations without them knowing it. Should be legal as you are in a public venu.

    1. Hey, the EEOC actually ruled for me but it’s going on 5 years now and they haven’t fined my former company. Oh, and, by the way, try getting another job in a bad economy when you’ve had to complain about your former employer.

    1. I agree with the documents, but it also helps to have two or more employees who are willing to back up what is going on. I worked with a manager who was terrible and none of us could stand her. We all complained to each other but when it came to contacting the district manager, only one or two people would come through.

  7. Document everything. Keep copies when possible. My boss made a lot of mistakes, blamed them on me. Too bad I had a lot of documentation that it was HER fault, and proof she tripled costs. And that I had tried to get the errors corrected. When I was terminated for seeking a new job – I sent all those copies to the CEO. House was cleaned out two weeks later.

  8. Make friends with the CEO and explain why you’re leaving. My last boss was canned three months later. I still write to competing schools warning about her.

  9. Documentation doesn’t work if the boss lies and contradicts your version.

    1. My bosses at my former company weren’t above lying to the state agencies about illegal harassment and discrimination. Documentation didn’t matter to the state agencies either. If you are a large employer and a major political donor, you get carte blanche with the government.

  10. The author of this article never worked for a government bureaucracy. All the legit complaints against a petty tyrant boss will amount to nothing, and only bring further harm to the grievant. Remember; it’s bureaucracy uber alles.

    1. Right. Because corporations NEVER have that problem. Nope. Only government agencies. You keep telling yourself that, Sparky.

    2. Got to get it together, homey.

      If people go together to the next upper level boss something will get done. But it has to be at least 50% of the group or it won’t work. Sometimes just moving a super to a different area will make a difference. The boss gets told he/she is being moved because they are not effective in that area. That puts them on guard with the next group and they usually try to work better with the new people. Boss gets an attitude check and the people get a new super who is told the people got rid of the previous boss for being ineffective. WIN-WIN.

      If that doesn’t work you can always ex-lax the boss’s chocolate cake

  11. The headline of this article would be much more accurate if the words “Your Bad Boss” were removed.  But who cares?  In this economy getting another job would be NO problem.

  12. Like
    many I see no road map now like the economic recovery that began three years
    ago, what happens next is likely to prove a little disappointing. The pace of
    recovery will probably be slow, and the prices of many homes will continue to
    decline. Millions of people remain underwater, owing more on their homes than
    the homes are worth, and unable to sell. Millions of families still face foreclosure.
    And a setback in the still-fragile economic recovery could easily reverse the
    uptick in housing prices, too. You know how fast the time
    flies. We are nearly at the corner of June and yet we see no changes only words
    twisted from here and there When you have the head of the economic position
    coughing more lies you have the turmoil in all places.I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA 

  13. Like
    many I see no road map now like the economic recovery that began three years
    ago, what happens next is likely to prove a little disappointing. The pace of
    recovery will probably be slow, and the prices of many homes will continue to
    decline. Millions of people remain underwater, owing more on their homes than
    the homes are worth, and unable to sell. Millions of families still face foreclosure.
    And a setback in the still-fragile economic recovery could easily reverse the
    uptick in housing prices, too. You know how fast the time
    flies. We are nearly at the corner of June and yet we see no changes only words
    twisted from here and there When you have the head of the economic position
    coughing more lies you have the turmoil in all places.I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA 

  14. People often use the word “boss” instead of
    “supervisor” or “manager”! That is why many unqualified bosses
    become “bossy” and think they are the superior.

    1. Ah yes, the “don’t make waves cause it could be worse” argument. Great for making sure nothing changes, ever.

    2. If so, use the same process again.

      Otherwise be like the others. Sit there, do nothing, and complain. WAH WAH WAH!

  15. If the EU crumbles to dust so do all its trading partners. Ditto for the USA also. China and India need to watch out also as the same mechanism is there also, shrink consumption it all falls. It is no solution just wrecking something unless you come up with a solution on how to put it right. So there is the question how do you intend to put it right????? You can’t, idiots do not realise the world has got itself into a nightmare scenario where it attached a value for everything far in excess of its worth. Now it costs you in excess of all the money in the world to keep it going and at the same time it grows.Comical I thought I was the loony tune, realising more though I might be the only sane one left.
    Take a pot of money and start sharing it out, if some have more than others then others will have less. Now does that one who gets nowt in an industrial society have the right then to take if even an existence costs??? I think so. I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

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