I joined my company back in February. I inherited a poor performer that had a documented history of absenteeism and unreliability, also underwhelming productivity. I continued documenting him, and spoke of a possible performance plan. He left on his own accord back in April. Most of my team was hired in 2015. The rest of my team is solid. When this guy left, since my team is newly formed, I got a lot of concerns and inquiries from individuals about their own performance.
I’m working an agile process and have been encouraging my team to focus on team throughput, rather than individual productivity. I got pushback from one of my developers, citing this recent mysterious departure. Helping a tester might not be traceable back to his core duties as a developer kind of thing.
What can I say to my good-performing team to put them at-ease? I can't speak of the circumstances of poor-performer departure, but yet I want him to know: "you got nothing to worry about!"