Friday, May 18, 2012


I think I've mentioned before that I kick butt at "work." I'm terrible with relationships and have minimal social skills, but I'm great at finding and keeping jobs.

I stumbled into my current job with pretty much no experience. They couldn't find anyone they liked just as I started interning there and somehow I got hired without ever having a formal interview. The only reason I was there at all is that my first choice of internship sites flaked on me (and good thing, as they've been laying people off like crazy lately- like I said, jobs are my secret power). Five years later, I'm still here. Now a coworker is retiring, and it looks like I have a good chance at an informal promotion into her job.

I'm extremely grateful that my work life has gone this way, even when my OCD was at its worst. While I'd love to find my perfect life mate, given that I haven't, I'm happy to be able to have a stable income while I keep looking.

But despite my track record, I still find that work can be a source of OCD stress. The "promotion" is a fabulous opportunity. Except for the fact that the new work is something I find hard to do and sort of stressful. Oh, and my boss specifically noted that I don't get to leave behind one particular piece of my current job. Unfortunately, it's the piece gets me convinced about every 6 months that I'll be audited and sent to jail.

So yeah, it's not perfect. But it's what I've got and I'm happy to have it.


  1. I would make a bet that a study would show people like us, with OCD, make exceptional employees. Seems like everyone I have met with OCD is very conscientious. Maybe that is a perk. I always try to find the silver lining in OCD cause I sure hate having it.
    Since the promotion is a fabulous opportunity for you, I wish you much success and am so happy for you Ann.

  2. I agree with Krystal. Maybe it's a silver lining that OCDers tend to be good employees.

    That said, it's great that you have the talent and skills to get good jobs and keep them. I hope you get the promotion. It may produce anxiety and OCD-related worry, but think of it as a big exposure that will reap great benefits!

  3. I am an awesome employee, for the most part, when working. I've been told so by my bosses. My problem is with my OCD I have a hard time calling in, not because of anything wrong with me, but because co-workers have came to work sick and I didn't want to be around that person and everything they contaminate. At first it was a day, maybe two, but then it turned into two weeks once. I'm at a bad point in my OCD to try to be employed, but I do miss working(is that bad? lol).