BLUF: My question - as in the title - is what, if at all, to communicate to the team if one of them, a team member, has been walked out the door for egregious behavior.
Several years ago, I was the deputy development manager for a team of 50 developers. I had a situation where i found a contributor surfing porn during normal working hours.
I immediately addressed his behavior, letting him know that this could not be tolerated whatsoever. I announced that after my imminent vacation I would check his browser logs, and if I would find anything similar, he'd have to go.
I then informed HR about the situation and my reaction, and she fully backed me in this.
On return of vacation, I again informed HR, went to IT (my own department) to request the decryption keys for the relevant logs, and together with a peer (to avoid any risk of being accused myself), evaluated the logs. Needless to say, I found the repetition.
I immediately walked to the team member in question, explained why I was there, asked him to collect his private stuff, and walked him out the door myself immediately.
I then informed HR, who initiated the necessary procedures.
My reaction toward the team: None.
I didn't explicitly address the situation, and when asked, I just said the person had been released of his duties.
Since the member had never been very visible nor popular, not many questions were asked.
But now I started to wonder if I'd reacted correctly. Would it have been better to address the situation head-on at the next team meeting? And how explicit should I have been in such a case?
I sincerely hope that such a situation will never arise again in my career, but then, you never know.
Any thoughts and insights are welcome.