How to Get Your Boss Fired

Getting rid of a poor-performing overling isn’t easy, but start here.

By Suzanne Lucas from

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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  • Your Comments

    • mick66

      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.

    • jimbob bobber

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

    • Anita

      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.

      • Josephine Blow

        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.

    • David Troutman

      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.

    • Tholzel

      “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.

    • Mojavegreen

      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.

    • Mojavegreen

      If al else fails go to EEOC or the Labor Board.

      • Josephine Blow

        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.

    • cheese101

      I’m a firm believer of keeping documents

      • Mrmucnhkin

        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.

    • Jen Chapo McGregor

      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.