I'm working in a tech startup. The moto: hire/promote slowly but fire fast is applicable here. We don't want to be stuck with a bad apple inside of the team, so sometime, we have to say goodbye to some teammates. When a new employees is coming, we usually do a little introduction in Slack and we give them a chance to talk about them in the next monthly meeting. But the process when someone is leaving is always complicated. I feel like employees should know someone is leaving, but I'm wondering how I should announce that. Transparency is good, but I'm not looking to spread fear that you can lose your job easily. How do you manage remote team headcount changes, especially when someone is leaving your business?
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Hrishikesh Pardeshi said "Hey Gabriel, I can surely relate to the dilemma. We have had to take this decision multiple times and we ensure 2 things, always, - Convey the news to the entire team as early as you can. You cannot stop people from talking to each other (group chats, DMs) and it is best if they get to know about this from you first. Explain the rationale behind the decision i.e. why you think the person wan’t a good fit for the role. Optionally, you can also talk to team members, individually/ 1-on-1, to allay any fears they may have around job security or their performance."