HR has adopted some draconian policies when it comes to dealing with layoffs. By this i mean the 'sudden death' methodology where the person is told, given a package, then walked out the door, only to return after hours to clean out their desk. They also don't allow the line managers to deliver the message, but have directors doing it... This, of course, leaves the line managers to repair the damage to morale and productivity.
Everything i've read says that this is the least effective way yet it seems rampant. I understand professional subordination to your boss but does that also apply to HR? I hate knowing there is a better, more effective way, yet feeling muzzled by my ethical duty to subordinate.