The national OCD charity, run by and for people with lived experience of OCD
Hotel OCD misuse and apology
Over the weekend we were asked to intervene after concerns had been raised by our followers about misuse of OCD in a job advert by an hotel and wedding venue in Swansea. The venue were seeking staff with perfectionist traits, but of course confusing perfectionism with OCD which whilst a common error, does trivialise the impact OCD can cause. We did make contact with the hotel management who issued this apology and statement, and have asked us to share it.
We sincerely apologise for any upset we have caused. OCD is such an overused term in public discourse and is too often trivialised. We meant no harm and truly appreciate that in today’s politically correct society we should have been more conscious. In hindsight we did not understand the true meaning of the condition and how it deeply affects those who suffer. A positive from this judgement error is that we’ve raised awareness and hope others will follow suit and not mis-use the term in daily conversation. We have pulled all reference with immediate effect and a new advert will be released.
The advert in question was removed this afternoon, and we welcome the first line of apology from the establishment and will endeavour to work with them and other retailers to educate and ensure the devastating impact of OCD is not trivialised by misuse of the OCD term. For the purposes of full disclosure, the hotel have offered a donation to the charity, which we will accept and put towards printing of materials for this year's OCD Awareness Week (7-13th October).
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