I'm looking for a word to fit the sentence:
Was it ethical for Bernie, the manager, to quit without informing his ____?
Here are some of the words I've tried and why I don't think they quite work.
Subordinates/Underlings: sounds too negative.
Team Members: The manager is part of another team, so I want to make more of a distinction between those on his team and those he manages.
Employees/Workers: The manager is only really a step above the others, he's not the boss, so I don't consider them his employees or workers.