I actually have some experience with this. I’m in one of those lines where it’s hard to find replacements, which makes it really difficult to get the company to separate you after they’ve burned you/burned you out, and you don’t want to be there anymore. Further, I have a specific role that many companies are basically required to have on staff for regulatory and audit considerations, so they can’t just have a vacuum for months and months as they try to fill the job again.Various maneuvers I’ve tried at one place, and their results:-First, I volunteered to both my new manager (who was and undoubtedly still is a royal douche, nothing like the awesome person I had before who sadly quit) and HR to be placed at the top of the list in the company’s next round of layoffs. I even said I would forego any severance packages, I just wanted the layoff so I could spend a few months collecting some UI while sitting on a beach, half-heartedly applying for 3 jobs a week. I had earned it, given how they had worked me to the point that my health started to suffer. I was trying to be cool and be honest with them that I didn’t want to be there any more, and - I had hoped - also save 1 other random head somewhere in the company from getting axed in the process.…..they didn’t put me on the list. Nor, I assume, was another head saved.-Then I resorted to openly talking negatively about the company in the office.…..this had the exact opposite effect I was going for, as everybody else was so miserable they were all too willing to take part. Further, my boss’s boss figured if he went out of his way to be an annoyance to me, I’d up and quit. So he started doing things like saying I couldn’t telecommute or that none of my vacation requests would be approved going forward. Which, of course, made me dig in my heels in my quest for unemployment further.-”Appointments”. Lots and lots of “appointments”. All out of the office, of course. This particular company was incredibly stingy with vacation time, but bizarrely had an unlimited sick time policy. They never asked, but a doctor friend of mine was willing to write me a note at any point, just as a CYA situation. When I was in the office, I was playing a lot - a lot - of video games on my personal laptop that I would bring into the office.…..no effect, but I did have the pleasure of reducing my workload from about 90 hours a week (hence the burnout) to about 16.-”That’s beyond my pay grade” or “That’s not in my job description”. I started saying that a lot. I had taken less than I was worth to originally work w/ this particular company because I thought it was the best fit for me (and it was, up until they took to abusing the adjacent team and I with an extreme case of “going lean”). I did some research, and found that my salary was only in the 38th percentile of comparable titles in my area. So I gave them 38th percentile work (which, in my industry, the 38th percentile is generally accepted to be completely incompetent). I would routinely turn down task requests on the premise that my job title didn’t reflect that level of work. Or, when it came time to leverage my knowledge, I would suddenly, um, not know how to do the task. That level of knowledge was really reserved for people in the 75th percentile, you see. I simply wouldn’t be comfortable attempting it. It wasn’t refusal - that would be willful noncompliance and grounds to terminate with cause. Oh no, it was just that I suddenly lacked the competence to perform the task. Feel free to lay me off and find someone “smarter”, Mr. Man….….this finally at least got the ball rolling. By this time management had realized that there was no way they were going to beat me into submission, and that they were paying me to essentially do absolutely nothing other than warm a seat so that they could state to regulators and auditors that they had someone on staff who could perform the role I was there to perform. But I was crossing all my t’s and dotting all my i’s, and I had it on good authority that, as a result of that, legal was terrified of terminating me because of a potential civil action. So it still didn’t work.-Then I talked to someone about how sad I had become. It turns out, being so desperate to leave your job that you resort to such things is something most psychiatrists agree is a sign of debilitating severe depression. Started seeing one and venting all of my complaints with the company and how they had started treating the staff and, sure enough, out came a recommendation for FMLA protected leave for severe depression. 12 weeks, I rode that - with full pay, thanks to a fund the company forced me to buy into that served as a disability payment account.….My hours went from 16-ish to 0, and I essentially got a 3 month vacation. However, now I was federally protected, so they couldn’t fire me. It was like being fired, though, only better, so this was a pretty good step.-Finally, when I returned, 12 weeks and 1 day later, I got an urgent meeting invite from Captain D-bag (my manager) with no subject line. As I was waiting in the conference room, I saw him and one of the HR ladies walking towards the room, and I knew I had finally accomplished it.Sure enough, finally got my wish. In a really strange twist, I got the full benefit package of a layoff. 9 weeks of severance pay (for 3 years of work), 6 months of my health benefits through COBRA paid for, all of my accrued vacation time that they never let me use cashed out (including for the entire time this saga was going on, yes even during the FMLA period), a positive reference, and a lump of severance equity.For the record, this whole process took over 6 months….but, ultimately, I got to go lay on a beach and apply to jobs via a mobile app with 1 hand as I sipped on an umbrella drink in the other.Long story short, sometimes it’s really hard to get fired. But if you’re dedicated, hard-working, goal-oriented, and are willing to act like Peter from Office Space, you can ultimately get there.