When a new employee joins or leaves your team this can have a bigger impact than you would think. Especially in smaller teams, any change has a direct effect on other team members.
When you work almost every day together, team members can become a close group. Some will become friends. One team member might “lose their buddy”. On the other hand, one could also be threatened by a new hire: ”Will they replace me?”
Or it might hit morale on a much wider scale. “Why did they let go of him?”. ”Do we even have enough revenue to hire her?”.
Be aware of the “role” within a team a certain member had. This is different from their title. Some are leading or motivating. Others need motivation or are in the backseat. When a positive, energising and motivating team member leaves, this will leave a hole in the team. Also when an introvert team member joins, this might be difficult for the—otherwise extrovert —team. At first, at least. Be supportive of this. Discuss this with your coworkers in face-to-face chats.
“Be aware of the “role” within a team a certain member had. This is different from their title.”
Whatever the reason for the change, as a manager it's important to communicate clearly and often. Gather your whole team. Be as transparent as you can be. Tell the news about letting go of any employee as early as possible. Be clear what the reason was. Never make room for rumours by not informing your team in a timely manner.