There are two types of people searching for information on slippery floors. Those who suffered a slip and fall accident, or, those who are trying to prevent it. Unfortunately, those who are trying to prevent it are often a bit late.
You have probably not found this site or article in a search for ‘psychological analysis’ but it may help to briefly discuss the concept of ‘logic.’ By no means am I trained in Psychology, nor do I hold myself out as one of the great thinkers of our time. But a tiny bit of common sense goes a long way.
Over the weeks, months, or years that you have owned, managed, or worked in your business, you have found one of two things. Your floors are slippery when they are wet, or not. Let’s take this rocket science a bit further.
As you navigated through grade school, you were likely exposed to the study of logic at some point. You probably learned the basics of fallacies, deductive and inductive reasoning, and basic forms of logic. Very quickly, here’s a recap on the most basic form. If A=B and B=C then A must equal C. This is not an opinion, arguable, or even up for debate. So let’s put this into play. If all humans have brains and John is a human, it is fair to say that John has a brain. This is not up for debate. Here is another one. All dogs have legs. Tiny is a dog. Therefore Tiny has legs.
Another common sense approach to determine a logical thought is to visit the idea of concrete fact. There are many examples to explain but here are a few. When a person dies, they are dead. You cannot be partly dead. Tough concept right? Here’s another one. You graduated from college in 1985. This is not an arguable statement.
Now we have learned two basic forms of logic and argument. So let’s explore what you have found over the weeks, months, or years that you have owned, managed, or worked in your business. You have found that your floors are slippery when they are wet. Or not. You cannot argue that when it rains for 20 minutes or more your floors are dangerous but if it only rains for 19 minutes they are not. You cannot argue that when someone spills liquid on your floor, sometimes it is slippery. It is or it isn’t. You’re either dead or you’re not.
You can clearly see the point. So the million dollar question becomes, if you know your floors are dangerous when they are wet and you know you could very easily get sued when someone falls, what logical explanation can you provide to have not fixed them. Cost? You can pick one. Spend $50,000 on a defense you will probably lose along with a payout to the victim OR, 1/20th of that amount and be proactive with a simple fix. Inconvenience? Hire a professional to fix the floors for you. Time? If it’s going to be done correctly, you won’t be doing the work anyway. Appearance? A chemical application process will not change the look of the floor.
I am not sure what other excuses you can come up with. But, before you attempt to rearrange or reinvent your own definition of logic, just fix your floors.