How To Get Someone Fired: 5 Steps To Termination

Do you want to get someone terminated? Is there an issue in the workplace that you can’t seem to overcome? If you really want to engage in the process of trying to get someone terminated, keep reading.

Having a bad coworker in the work environment can be detrimental to progress. Especially during times of stress on the business.

You don’t want to have a hostile work environment. And you don’t see any other option besides attempting to get someone terminated.

Getting someone terminated is not an easy task. Here are the steps that you should follow if you want to attempt this difficult task.

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First, Prepare Your Case

Before you go to speak with your Human Resources department, gather the information that’s required in order to present it accurately to Human Resources.

Be sure that you aren’t positioning your case as an emotional one. For example, how someone made you feel. If the Human Resources department sees that you’re mentioning an emotional response, they’ll try to work with you and the other colleague to resolve the friction.

Put together reasons why this person's actions are harmful to the company. Take a very subjective approach when you’re gathering your information.

Keep your facts simple and to the point. Don’t bring up other coworkers. All you have to do is say, “By Ian missing this deadline, our team fell behind 3 months.”

Short, to the point, and multiple facts.

Second, Prepare For Hard Conversations

It’s not going to be as simple as you think. You can’t simply complain about another colleague and expect them to be terminated. You will be engaging in frequent conversations.

You should be prepared for this process as it’s not the easiest.

Third, Bring Up The Facts To Human Resources

When presenting your facts to Human Resources, be sure to mention the employee’s actions and how those actions had an impact on the team and business.

You’ll need to present enough facts that this isn’t a first-time occurrence, as well.

Mention to Human Resources that you attempted to talk with your colleague about the issues you were facing as a team and how their actions impacted that.

Then, mention to Human Resources that if that colleague stayed with your team, you would most likely leave the business. And that’s how deep the issue is.

From there, Human Resources will speak to the colleague about the complaints. They may not terminate that person immediately. But at that point, your colleague will have a formal warning.

After that point, if you file more complaints along similar lines, Human Resources will most likely have to terminate that employee.

Fourth, Loop In Your Supervisor

If you went directly to Human Resources, you need to bring this up to your supervisor. It’s okay if you don’t speak to your supervisor first. But they should be aware.

As a manager, it will be their job to understand there is friction in the workplace. And they may attempt to move you away from the person you’re trying to get fired in order to mitigate the situation.

Be sure that you’re prepared for the outcome of this process, as part of it may be you being transitioned into another team or other department.

Before You Decide To Try And Get Someone Fired

You should always try to speak with your colleague. Resolve the issue if you can. Use healthy verbal communication skills to reduce friction in the workforce.

The reality is that if you do successfully get another colleague terminated, there’s a great chance another professional will be hired who may be just as bad.

Work with the people you have relationships with. It is always easier than overreacting. Be sure that your issue isn’t something that’s specific to you.

Are you feeling hurt? Are you feeling betrayed? Is this something that you need to work on?

These are healthy questions. And you should ask them to yourself before you decide to go down this path.

There’s a good chance that by trying to get another colleague fired, you will be perceived as the poor employee. So be sure you spent the time to try and resolve any working issues before you go to Human Resources and ask them to do their job.

author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur,, SparkHire, and many more.


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