Everyday Heroes – Those Keeping the Campus Operational
Denise Pirklbauer and her team manage payment transactions at the JKU during the Coronavirus pandemic
What kind of work do you do?
Denise Pirklbauer: My colleagues and I are responsible for processing and settling incoming and outgoing invoices, making various payments, etc. We also focus on financial accounting tasks and quarterly balance sheets.
How has the job changed under the measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus?
There are four people in my department and since the beginning, we have been taking turns going to the office one at a time and spread out over a few days to make sure that we keep everything in terms of accounting running smoothly. We work from home the rest of the time. In the beginning, the paperwork piled up and we had to send out over 200 invoices. This is very hard for just one or two people to handle. We are glad, however, that JKU employees understand that right now, some things can take a little longer.
What are you looking forward to most when things go back to normal?
I look forward to things simply going back to the way they were as we can process orders more efficiently as a team instead of one person bearing the brunt of it all.
What do you miss most about campus?
I miss the personal contact with my co-workers; working together, exchanging ideas, and going to Spar together during our lunch break… These are just a few things I look forward to.