Workplace environment is key to a successful career and for achieving your goals for the employer. While many workplace environments are infiltrated with high stressors that we, as employees, can not control there are some stressors that we can control or even try to manage more effectively. If you work in an environment where your boss has OCD, obsessive compulsive disorder, it is important to come up with strategies for your success at work.
Bosses with OCD are actually quite common in the workplace, especially in work environments where individuals seems to get promoted based on their ability to exceed and surpass goals and pay attention to detail. Because individuals with OCD typically pay very close attention to detail, and strive for excellence in very specific aspects of their lives, it is not uncommon to find them working in management or supervisory positions. If your have identified your boss as being OCD, then you will want to consider some key factors that will lead to your own success in the workplace.
Individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder like organization and control. In the workplaces, bosses who are OCD will often be quite demanding. For you, as a subordinate and employee, to be successful it will be important that you can follow those demands and complete the work given to you and to also complete the work even before the deadline given. When you can do this, it not only pleases the inner OCD struggles of the boss but it also will make you, your boss, and the other employees look much more favorable to upper management.
Unlike other management styles, keep in mind that most OCD bosses, while demanding, are typically very willing to express praise and give credit to employees who have done very well in the workplace. So, when struggling to meet the high demands, keep in mind that you will most likely be rewarded, in some way, by a boss who is OCD if you can meet their expectations and demands. In addition, a boss who is OCD will typically work just as hard as you will and will often relate, personally and professionally, to the work given to you. In that respect, these bosses, while demanding, are often great to work for in the long term as they are go-getters, high achievers, but they often have the respect of their employees.
In the workplace, if you find that you are working for a supervisor or boss that seems very high in their expectations and may even have a tendency to micro-manage, be sure to remember that you may be dealing with an OCD boss that, in the long term, may be good for your career and for your annual review when rewards are given for your hard work and for meeting the expectations of the company.
Sources: From Difficult to Disturbed, by Laurence Miller, Ph.D., pp. 69-70.