One of the reasons bad bosses get away with inappropriate behavior is because there is no proof. Everyone's word can always be contradicted and if it comes to your word against your boss's, he wins. But when you have documents that clearly state your boss's intentions, they become responsible and accountable.
Step 1. Obtain a copy of your job description sheet as soon as you are hired or as soon as you think about it and keep it aside when needed
Step 2. Obtain a list of your goals to achieve as soon as you are hired, with how the achievement of those goals will be measured and keep it aside when needed
Step 3. Obtain a copy of all company rules that apply to your position, including the code of conduct
All of these are usually given to you when you are hired, but if not, ask for them. If you are unionized, ask your union representative for a copy of your union contract.
Step 4. Keep a copy of all documents your employer asks you to sign
Step 5. Do not sign a document that has content you are not with
Step 6. Write down any tasks your boss asks you to do that differ from those described in your job description or goals
If your boss refuses to do this, write him a memo mentioning these new tasks and how they differ from those mentioned in your job description and ask him if you clearly understood the tasks he asked you to do.
Step 7. Write down all the details of any conversations you have with your boss if you believe their behavior might be inappropriate
Share it with your boss through memos asking if you got it right. Don't forget to mention the date and time of the conversation.
Step 8. Date and sign all memos sent to your boss
Step 9. Get help internally
If your boss continues to give you inappropriate tasks, copy to an HR manager any memos you send to your boss in the future asking for clarification.
Step 10. Ask for proof
If you are accused of doing something improper, ask to see the evidence and do not discuss it until you see it. Just say the accusation is bogus and you won't discuss it until you've seen the evidence and not just someone's word.
Step 11. Get in touch with your union
If you are accused of doing something improper and you are unionized, immediately call your shop steward and request that he be present for future interviews regarding this accusation. If you are in a managerial position or are not unionized, still continue to deny the accusation and any discussion until you see the evidence.
Step 12. Avoid having your boss create a written document containing false accusations against you
If he creates such a document, do not sign it under any circumstances. If you are forced to sign, write on the document that you disagree with its contents, but DO NOT SIGN IT.
Step 13. Do not drag your colleagues into your problems
They might be forced to testify against you or find themselves in an awkward position that puts their jobs on the spot.
Step 14. Get help from the DDTEFP
If you think you are the victim of discrimination, contact the Departmental Directorate of Labor, Employment and Vocational Training in your department (site link below).
Step 15. Store all of your documents in a safe place away from your workplace
Step 16. Update your CV and start a job search in case your situation becomes intolerable or you are fired for the wrong reasons
Step 17. Talk to your friends and family outside of your job, but in a reasonable way, don't overwhelm them on a daily basis if you don't do something to improve your situation
Step 18. Make an appointment with a private, independent counselor or religious leader to discuss your problems if you find that it is too much for your friends or family
Step 19. Maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid developing illnesses caused by stress
Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and avoid using addictive substances.
- Exclude any issues or personal opinions from the conversation.
- Focus all of your comments on doing a good job for your employer.
- In general, people do not leave a job, but a manager. You should really consider requesting your transfer to another service.
- Unless something has happened that is illegal or could cost the company dearly, those responsible will support each other. If you've just been hired recently, you should be looking for something else. If you have seniority, be careful before contacting your supervisor's boss or human resources, they tend to be on the side of the company that employs them. Keep all documents supporting your complaint and contact external organizations if you believe that internal processing will make your situation worse.
- A bad boss won't necessarily like the fact that you write down all the tasks they give you orally and can tell you to stop. Explain that you need to do this to make sure you understand them, so that you can refer to them if you have questions later, and to add them to your list of goals and achievements.