As I’ve mentioned, I was well into my career before I moved into HR. My first job in the function was to fire my old boss. Well, walk him out of the building, anyway. We didn’t have a great relationship, but I hated every moment of it.
I was the only male in on the team that dealt with “generalist” work, so I got the job of walking people out. And I did it more than I like to admit. Some of them were friends (or they were before that moment, anyway.) I caught a lot of grief for it, not all the good-spirited kind.
I don’t deal with that anymore, and I work on projects that result in people being walked out sometimes. I can rationalize it, logically understand how it’s best for the company, and look at things holistically. But it’s still the least favorite part of my job. I know that when I stop dreading the walk-out, either one by one or by groups, it will be time to leave HR.