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Company slammed for insensitive and 'horrific' description in job advert

Mirror logo Mirror 18/03/2017 Zahra Mulroy
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The phrase "I'm a bit OCD about..." has worked its way into every day conversation, the sort of thing many of us say on auto-pilot when talking about making our bed or doing the dishes.

By and large, it's meant harmlessly.

But for the 741,504 people in the UK living with the OCD, the flippancy of this remark about something such as flossing is upsetting. Even stigmatising.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a recognised mental health condition with potentially debilitating effects. So much so, the World Health Organisation ranks it in the top ten of the most disabling illnesses of any kind.

It's understandable, therefore, that a recent job advert has caused controversy for its throwaway use of the term.

"We are looking for an exceptional Events Manager with OCD tendencies."

It was first flagged on Twitter by user ellieq.

The full advert is for a role at Urban Caprice and was advertised on Change Work Now. 

It reads: "We are looking for an exceptional Event Manager with OCD tendencies, for whom the bigger the challenge the better and a creative brief is exciting!"

The advert then specifies: "The successful candidate will be an experienced, enthusiastic and charming Senior Event Manager, who possesses excellent English skills, an abundance of confidence and has an outstanding personable presentation."

It was pointed out that the advert trivialised what's considered to be a serious mental health condition.

Even a recruitment professional weighed in.

People with first hand experience of OCD were also unimpressed.

The advert's misfire is partly what fuels campaigns such as OCD UK's "Are you a little bit OCD" project. 

They offer an explanation about why the frequent misuse of the term is so upsetting.

"People often confuse OCD for pernickety personal quirks of choice or preference but Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is far more serious than people realise.

"The key is in the name and the word Disorder which is defined ‘a psychological pattern associated with distress or disability’

"Most people who choose to have set behaviour like having their home tidy or certain order for their CD collection do so out of preference and choice which leads to some form of satisfaction, but which is NOT OCD. 

"People affected by OCD find their behaviour (the compulsions) dictated through distress caused by the relentless obsessive thoughts and anxiety which frequently leads to periods of disablement, rather than some kind of satisfaction."

We have reached out to Urban Caprice for comment.

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