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We’ve all had one: that ineffectual boss that rarely has a clue. But what if your superior crosses the line from annoying to toxic, making your work life downright miserable? Think you can’t get him or her fired? Think again. However, there are some dangers have to approach it in an unemotional and methodical way. With that in mind, here are five steps to take if you want to try to get your boss fired.
Keep a Record
Chances are the abuse didn’t just happen overnight, nor did your angst against your superior materialize out of thin air. Career experts say the first step in starting a campaign against your boss is to keep a detailed log of every interaction you had with the perpetrator. Keep track of the date and time of the incident, details of what happened and how it made you feel. If you have co-workers experiencing the same thing, get them on board as well. “Instead of focusing on getting your boss fired, focus on protecting yourself,” says Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio, co-author of Six Steps To Job Search Success. “When everything hits the fan you want to have as much information as possible.”
Set Your Boss Up
Not easy to pull off, the ultimate way to get your boss fired is to have higher ups see the bad behavior in action, says Heathfield. Let’s say you work in a financial firm and you know your boss is particularly abusive during the afternoon brainstorming sessions. Have your boss’s boss sit in on one of those sessions and let your manager sink on his or her own. Pulling this off can be problematic, especially if the bad behavior isn’t exhibited on a regular basis, says Heathfield.
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Make a Business Case
It’s not enough to go to Human Resources or a higher up and say your boss is mean and demeaning and that it hurts your feelings.
You need to make a business case as to why your boss needs to go, says Gary Namie co-author of The Bully-Free Workplace. For instance, estimate the turnover and replacement costs, the expenses associated with lost productivity because of mental health days, the price of an internal investigation into your boss’s behavior and the potential cost of litigation if someone in the firm was to sue as a result. “When you take the package to someone higher up the point is you have inside information on how to help save money,” says Namie.
Find the Right Person
You may think Human Resources is the best place to complain, but that’s not always the case. Many companies have independent HR departments that protect employees, but there are also those departments that are ineffectual. A better option is to find someone above your boss that doesn’t have a relationship with him or her. “You need to talk to someone who is high enough up and is disconnected enough from the person you are trying to get fired,” says Namie. “There can be no loyalty bonds and no commitment connection.”
The worst thing you can do when trying to get a boss fired is gossip. You may think the person you are “confiding” in will be discrete, but news tends to travel fast in office settings. Short of an office affair what better gossip is there than you are trying to get the boss fired? “You have to be very careful. There is so much you don’t know. They could create an arsenal to turn it right against you,” says Thanasoulis-Cerrachio.