Startups truly are a popular small business choice for many entrepreneurs – small investments and quick rise are the main benefits, making this perfect for young businessmen on the rise. Due to its fast-paced development, however, many problems may ensue and knowing about these can mean a lot in avoiding them. Here are some common types of conflict between startup founders and the employees.

Task Responsibility

Task Responsibility


The above-mentioned quick pace of a startup can easily compromise a project, without the founder ever knowing who is responsible. When a couple of people are working on a task or on a project and one of them makes a mistake, no one will think they’re responsible. This can further result in a conflict, which can be avoided by assigning task responsibility to an individual employee. Also, communication is likely to be unclear and getting to the bottom of things may cause time wasting, which is the last thing a startup needs. Establishing a clear “chain of command” helps prevent this issue.

Improperly Assigned Tasks

The very nature of small businesses is based on constantly racing with deadlines. As such, startups tend to attract young professionals who always want to take charge. Organizing a company is a business owner’s obligation – without a clearly outlined plan, a business is likely to crash and burn and when the tension escalates, it turns into a turf war, which can easily put your entire company at risk. The reason for this occurring can easily be traced back to startup founders not assigning tasks and duties to their employees. It is important that every business owner keeps in mind how important it is to diligently assign tasks.

Time Management

As mentioned, startups aren’t really forgiving in terms of time. Unfortunately, this doesn’t completely boil down to your time management skills, but also to those of your own employees. In fact, it’s probably going to be your employees who will have to choose between working overtime in order to complete a task that isn’t due for days or slowly and carefully taking their time towards task completion. Knowing your workers through-and-through can hugely contribute to the success of your small business – if some of your employees like to take their time and others aim at completing tasks efficiently, putting the two into the same team may result in conflict and disobedience.

Time Management

Loss and Mourning

After they’ve suffered a loss, people aren’t capable of being themselves; they go through the process of mourning which can last for days, weeks, months or years, depending on the severity of loss and the type of personality of an individual. This is why it is important that every business owner meets their workers in person and assesses their capability to perform work, with keeping their feelings in mind. If a currently vulnerable employee feels mistreated on account of their loss, this might lead into anger towards management, which can severely impact the wellbeing of a startup. As experts from Familywillsadvise, approaching a bereaved worker should be done with understanding and they should be given an amount of paid time off; hiring a temporary employee to fill in for them is a valid option.

Cultural Mismatches

Although cultural intolerance is hugely frowned upon, it is unfortunately still present and, regardless of how a particular employee might be trying to remain professional, problems can ensue. Knowing how to detect this and discretely solve it is a key factor in running a well-functioning startup.

The conflicts that may arise between business founders and employees are usually manageable, especially when the employer knows how to always remain professional. This is why this quality is a crucial trait in every business owner.