Managing the Impact of COVID-19 on the Hospitality Industry in Las Vegas: A Guide for Hiring Managers (Part 1)

COVID-19 hit Las Vegas hard and fast. While the U.S. unemployment rate soared to 18.8% in April 2020, Las Vegas experienced nearly double that at 31.1%.

Hopefully, things are looking up for your business now. However, you’re not alone if you’re having trouble finding qualified candidates to fill your open positions.

This likely feels very frustrating, as being short-staffed has a direct impact on both your bottom line and employee satisfaction levels. Since many other businesses in the hospitality industry are facing this same issue, it’s time to switch your hiring strategy up a bit. Here’s a few ideas to get you started.

Four Tips to Attract Talent Amid the Staffing Shortage

Focus on Workers Who Were Laid Off

Chances are, you had to lay off a lot of good workers due to the pandemic. If you haven’t reached out to these people, you’re missing the opportunity to get talented workers back on your team who are already trained and know the ins and outs of your company.

Even if most have found other jobs, they might be clambering to come back to work at your business. You’ll never know unless you ask, so don’t hesitate to reach out to them.

Offer Job-Related Perks

Whether your business is a Las Vegas hotel, restaurant or tourist attraction, customers are drawn to it because it offers a great experience. Your employees likely feel the same way, so give them VIP perks. This could be anything from a deep discount on hotel rooms to a free meal during their shift. Making people feel special entices them to want to work for you.

Change Your Compensation Model

Like many businesses in the hospitality industry, you might pay workers minimum wage plus tips. This practice is fine, but it does nothing to encourage candidates to choose your company over a competitor. Instead, you might consider offering a salary to front-of-house workers or at least providing incentive-based bonuses.

Take on a Staffing Partner

Handling hiring on your own has never been easy, but since COVID-19 hit, it’s harder than ever. Working with a staffing firm can help you navigate this tricky landscape and get the talent your team needs to thrive. As hiring experts, recruiters know exactly how to attract the right candidates and where to find them.

Get the Hiring Help You Need

If you feel like your team hasn’t been the same since COVID-19, PrideStaff Las Vegas is here to help. Contact us today to create a hiring strategy that will attract top talent!