Careers expert: When you have to go above a manager's head

July 6, 2011 at 3:07 PM ET

Eve Tahmincioglu,’s careers columnist, joined us for a live Web chat Wednesday to discuss how best to deal with a bad boss.

(Eve’s column on bad bosses appeared earlier this week on

Here’s one of her answers to questions from the live chat. See below for the full Q&A.

Patrick asked:

“Is it smart to complain to upper management about a bad boss? Especially in this economic climate? I'm afraid if I say anything I'll lose my job.”

Eve replied:

“If you get nowhere with your boss and you really want things to change, your only option, other than leaving, is going above your manager's head. This is indeed risky, but there are ways to do it without getting everyone angry.”

Here’s the full chat archive: 



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