OCD can have many negative impacts on job performance. Some individuals may spend increasing amounts of time in the bathroom washing their hands to deal with germ fears.
Others may spend large amounts of time cleaning their desks or straightening things instead of actually doing their work. Or when they are doing their work, people with OCD may try to do it so perfectly that they are unable to do things in a timely manner, they may keep erasing things that they think aren’t quite right, keep retyping e-mails, or even have the inability to start a project because they have to have the “perfect” first move.
It is also possible for people with OCD to be so worried about things at home, the coffee pot or stove being left on, the doors being unlocked, and so on, that they’ll leave work, maybe repeatedly, to go check on things. They could also be habitually late because they are so caught up in their rituals at home in the morning.
OCD can also make people hesitate. If they are constantly questioning themselves or seeking safety, they may put themselves or others in danger inadvertently.
If, for example, you are a delivery person, and you have a ritual where you stand still and hold your breath for twenty seconds every time you hear someone swear, this could lead to great difficulties if, while crossing the street, someone in front of you swears and you end up doing your ritual in the middle of an intersection. You could get hit by a car or cause a traffic jam.
However OCD is experienced on the job, it can surely interfere with a person’s ability to function at maximum potential. It’s best to seek some form of therapy to challenge the OCD and combat its effects on job performance.