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A total eclipse of worker productivity on Aug. 21 will cost companies millions

This is one expensive eclipse — even if you’re not buying any special glasses to wear for the occasion. The “Great American Eclipse” on Aug. 21 will be especially clear for Americans in Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Tennessee and South Carolina. A solar eclipse was last viewable on a path that crosses the entire country in 1918.

Here’s the Debbie Downer side of this once-in-a-lifetime event: The eclipse will happen during the workday, and many workers will likely try to watch it. As a result, it will cost employers some $694 million collectively, according to an analysis from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a firm based in Chicago that specializes in helping employees transition in their careers.

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