Are You Using the Term “OC” in the Workplace Correctly?

The term “OC” is commonly being used to virtual assistants, who tend to be keen to detail whenever working. In other words, they do not mind allotting time counterchecking their work. However, what does this term really mean? defines obsessive-compulsive disorder as an anxiety disorder in which time people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions). The repetitive behaviors, such as hand washing, checking on things or cleaning, can significantly interfere with a person’s daily activities and social interactions.

From the aforementioned definition, it is quite inappropriate to call someone an OC if he or she is simply critical in pointing out mistakes to avoid repetitive work. A much better term should be “efficient” or perhaps, “reliable.”

Virtual workers tend to forget the fact a person, who ensures mistakes are not present in a certain work prior to submitting it, helps an organization from project delays and extra operational costs.

In the same manner, for instance, you have a superior, who tends to perfect things out (no matter how long it may take), then you should be appreciative of your situation. Apparently, if you get used to such setting, you will be able to adopt the same ethic. As a result, you will not let your work be a substandard one. Always keep in mind that your work reflects who you are as an employee.

If you submit deliverables, which have to be checked repeatedly, you are making your client realize that it is useless to have an assistant. This is due to the fact he or she still has to do all the checking in the end. Extra work is synonymous to extra burden for him or her. As a virtual assistant, you are meant to handle the time-consuming tasks of your client. Give him or her peace of mind despite being occupied with other business matters.

Should the real concept of having an OCD is applied to a virtual assistant, then that person would never be satisfied with his or her work. Additionally, the said employee would never finish his or her task within a specified time.

As a remote employee, one should keep in mind there is a huge difference between having OCD and being an effective employee. If you use these terms interchangeably, there may be misconceptions. A person you are supposed to pay a compliment by calling him or her an OC may result to him or her taking it negatively.

This topic may be trifling for some, but remember if you are a true professional, you would not let this fact an inconsequential matter.

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