As many NC State employees continue to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re sharing space with junior “associates” and a variety of non-human friends (shower-caterpillars, anyone?).
Scroll through the gallery below for a peek into the lives of some of the university’s remote workforce. (Click on the thumbnail images to open the full-screen view and read the first-person captions). And catch up on our first work-from-home photo gallery
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“My new on-site supervisor, Aiden. Looks like I need to step up my game; I don’t think he is too happy with my PURRformance or having to share his space with me.” (Amy Grubbs, Onboarding Center) “Alexa (age 4) told me, ‘Mommy, be quiet, I’m on a conference call with my boss.'” (Tina Maria Nelson-Moss, Department of Risk Assessment) “While our feeder attracts numerous migratory birds, a different kind of visitor showed up to join the festivities. Had to remove feeder, unfortunately. Needless to say that was an interesting day of working from home.” (Jonathan Peoples, Eastern 4-H Center) “A good photo of my actual office and how it was involved with an interesting co-worker I had for a few days. I had to remove the feeder as I was afraid he would get too comfortable around my house.” (Jonathan Peoples, Eastern 4-H Center) “Our sweet Cookie … she loved watching me work. She passed away unexpectedly May 8.” (Jill Jackson Phipps, Office of Information Technology) “Ella, my indoor work partner.” (Darlene Hinton, Campus Enterprises) “A temporary, makeshift curtain does not keep these two from checking in regularly throughout the day. Their daily check-in gives a fresh, new definition to Zoom bombing.” (Becca Wysocky, Prestage Department of Poultry Science) “This is my donkey, Bernice.” (Darlene Hinton, Campus Enterprises) “Watching a webinar with my best friend and co-worker, Boba Fett.” (Taylor Wolford, Special Collections Research Center) “This is my buddy, Samson. He’s probably ready for treats!” (Kathi McFadden, SPARCS) “My daughter, Luna, has really taken to her new caterpillar housemates. My tobacco budworm colonies came home with me when nonessential access to campus was restricted and have been living in my guest room shower.” (Hannah Burrack, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology) “Our dog, Diamond, sleeping yet again on the job.” (Stephanie Helms Pickett, Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity) “Backyard home-office.” (Marcelo Mollinari, Bioinformatics Research Center) “Someone needs attention.” (Kathi McFadden, SPARCS) “This is a bunch of lazy co-workers that are of no help at all! (Karen Mitchell, College of Veterinary Medicine Human Resources) “My daughter and her bottle-baby goat, Tater, helping coordinate work from home schedules.” (Heather Ballance-Brown, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Johnston County) “My combination home office/Zoom space/ yoga studio/ music and reading lounge. Cat, Shoni, waits outside the door!” (Liz Sprague Holt, Caldwell Fellows) “My cat, Shoni, guards the door to my office. She’s my gatekeeper and can put you in touch with my people.” (Liz Sprague Holt, Caldwell Fellows) “My colleagues love the outdoor office. Pharaoh is on duty while Bella rests. Pharaoh is our resident receptionist and is very (overly) alert. He often interrupts Zoom calls if a squirrel or neighborhood cat breaches the perimeter of our yard. (Katy Wilson, College of Veterinary Medicine)