Stop me when you're heard this one before.
Employee gives notice they're going to leave the company. Company decides whether it's worth it to allow the employee to work the notice they've just given. If the risk is high, the employee is offered a hardy handshake and told the notice won't be necessary and walked out the door (whether they are paid depends on the financial status of the company).
You know you've done it before. The rule of walking people out without letting them work the notice is generally reserved for execs, sales employees and after that - the employees you've always had problems with - I'll call them the canker sores of your company.
Generally, you know which employees to walk out the door. Occasionally, you let someone stay to work the notice and it totally comes back to bite you on the ass. That just happened at Twitter - more from The Verge:
President Donald Trump’s Twitter account, @realdonaldtrump, disappeared from the site for around 11 beautiful minutes shortly before 7PM ET. It was not initially clear what happened to the account, and Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a series of tweets issued by Twitter’s Government and Elections team, the company first blamed “human error,” then attributed the move on a rogue employee who used their last day on the job to boot the president off the service.
Trump's account coming down was originally thought to be a hack. But here's your tweets with Twitter acknowledging that yes, Jan from customer service, who's moving over to the power company because she's tired of Twitter's shit, deactivated Trump's account on her way out the door. Kind of like the scene in Jerry McGuire where he leaves the company, takes a fish, makes a scene and ruins and admin's life, except different:
Which begs the question, can you prevent employees from doing stupid stuff before they leave? Probably not.
For any last day renegade action like this, you'll have some employees who cheer it - but just as importantly, you'll have the majority that will think the employee was a complete idiot.
Here's some basic rules for the situation:
1--Trust your gut. If you think the employee is a jerk, don't let them work to the last day. But don't get a reputation for paying out 2 weeks notice, either.
2--Don't allow employees in their last days TO HAVE ACCESS TO SYSTEMS THAT CAN DISABLE FUNCTIONALITY FOR THE POTUS. Yeah, that seems important - star this one.
3--If somebody does something stupid, find a way to reinforce how stupid it was to the rest of the employee base. I'm not advocating ruining that employee's reputation, but if they did something stupid, you might as well tell the internal world in a way that doesn't celebrate it, and instead causes people to ponder the recklessness of the moron.
You can't walk everyone who gives you two weeks notice out the door. But you can trust your gut. Check your state laws on whether you have to pay a notice out.