So, you love your job but you hate your manager. What a frustrating situation to be in. When you know that there’s no way you can carry on working for your terrible boss, there are only two possible options. The first one is to walk out and find a new job. As satisfying as this may be, it leaves you jobless, payless, and possibly with a negative reference if you leave without notice or on bad terms. The other option is to fight! If you have a strong case and your boss is truly in the wrong, then you can go ahead and try to get them fired.
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1. Do You Have A Case?
Before you even start thinking about trying to get your boss fired, it’s important to come up with a strong argument as to why they should be ousted from the company. Are they doing dodgy dealings? Are they behaving inappropriately with staff members or clients? Are they disobeying the company policy? Or are they just downright mean to their employees? Solid evidence will be needed for as many occurrences of inappropriate behavior as possible, along with as many details as possible – the time and date, and any witnesses present.
2. Will Others Back You Up?
There’s no point having a long list of witnesses when none of them will back you up when you call on them. Talk to colleagues you trust and see if they are in agreement with you about your opinion and plan. Ask them to come up with examples themselves and make sure they are willing to speak out to higher management or HR in order to implicate your boss.
3. Are You More Valuable to the Company Than Your Boss?
After all, the company you work for is a business that needs to make money. If your boss brings in half the net profit, it’s very unlikely that they are going to get fired. Prove your worth to the company by listing your skills, expertise, and any projects and achievements in your career history. You need to be worth their while for them to choose you over your boss, so take some time to think about what strengths you can highlight which might give you the upper hand.
4. Approaching the Situation
After you’ve made the decision, and gathered and organized the facts, the hardest part is to go further with your complaint. It may be appropriate to go to your boss’ manager or go straight to HR, and this is something you will need to gauge based on the hierarchy of the company you work for. Present your information in a clear and organized manner, making sure not to sound bitter or resentful but instead like your interests lay in the future wellbeing of the company. Expect to have to wait for maybe even a long time for any kind of response or action to take place. Matters like these are delicate affairs and take time to resolve.
Trying to get your boss fired is not something that anyone should take lightly. The fact that they are higher up than you in the company will give them significantly more leverage, respect and contacts than you, making the fight doubly hard. Be prepared that, after all your hard work, you may well lose your case and end up being fired yourself. It’s important to weigh up the risks involved with the possible outcomes. However, the outcome that your horrible boss will get fired because of you is possibly worth any risk involved!
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