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March 26, 2024 at 11:16 am #1128638

Haha I have some experience with unhinged bosses.

The only way I’ve seen these things get addressed is when someone sort of tangential can get in the ear of HR or Management and trigger an investigation. In my experience, senior management or HR needs to come to YOU and ask questions, and what they hear has to be pretty unanimous/widespread and egregious. At a small company I had a boss get fired right away under these circumstances. In my current role, an HR investigation happened and 6 months later my boss was included in a mass layoff.

You do not want to be the one raising a complaint. In the first situation above, a young woman was leaving anyway, and was willing to mention the boss’s behavior in her exit interview. In the latest situation, a disgruntled member of our team was venting to someone on another team, and a member of THAT team brought it up in a 1:1 with my boss’s boss, who then came and asked us questions.

You need to be sure that if questions are asked, the answers will be consistent, and you need to be willing to play a long game. I would strongly discourage you from lodging a complaint though. You need a puppet.