I'm curious to know how other organizations handle terminations. Where I work, there is an ongoing debate over whether the dismissed employee should be escorted out of the building immediately (our current practice) or allowed to go back to their desk to pack up and say a few goodbyes.
The basic reason for escorting them out is to avoid work disruptions, as well as the negative impact of goodbyes that could easily become extremely emotional. In some cases, it is a precaution to protect proprietary files, etc. However, I've heard people grumble that the abruptness of our termination process is cold and uncaring--which is the opposite of our corporate and leadership culture.
I'd love to hear others' thoughts and experience on this topic.