What would you do with $694 million?
That’s how much today’s total solar eclipse is going to cost U.S. companies in lost productivity.
According to outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas, 87 million employees will be at work during the eclipse. If those employees are distracted and/or watching the eclipse … please hold while they do the math and crunch the numbers … beep … ooop … boop … bop … and and the average hourly wage is $23.86, those 20 minutes will cost employers $7.95 per worker, or $694 million.
The firm admits that $694 million is actually a small amount lost.
“A loss of productivity does not necessarily mean that good things cannot come out of this eclipse. By considering how this event may impact employee morale, companies can turn this potential monetary loss to a gain when it comes to employee satisfaction,” said Challenger in its report.
I get frustrated when I’m confident I had a Loonie in my pocket and then I can’t find my $1!
(One way to save money is to turn back-to-school supplies into makeup. I swear.)
Today’s eclipse starts a little after 10 a.m. and will be wrapped up by 1 p.m.
To celebrate here at Q, we’re playing Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety during the eclipse Monday starting at 11:10 a.m. Tune in to 107.3 OR listen online HERE.
There are a few recommended places to view the eclipse in Calgary. Check out Global News story HERE on watching the total eclipse from the University of Calgary and the Telus Spark Science Centre.
If you can’t watch the eclipse safely today, you can always celebrate by listening to Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart over and over and over again. These are also two great versions of the song: Ellen DeGeneres and Josh Groban performing it as a duet in 2009 and funny lady Christina Bianco doing the song in the voices of the world’s best divas.
Is your company doing something special for the eclipse? – Sarah