The F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix is set to take place this weekend, and several casino resort operators on the Las Vegas Strip are resorting to contests to entice their employees to work during the event, as reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. According to the report, there is a concern that regular paychecks won’t be enough to guarantee 100% staffing at a time when it’s crucial for resort operators.
Caesars Entertainment, which operates nine Strip resorts, is offering tens of thousands in prizes, including spa and restaurant comps, and a grand prize of a 2024 BMW X3, to workers who complete all their scheduled or on-call shifts during race week. The details of the program were outlined in an internal communications video that was posted to YouTube but later made private. It was also noted that offering the car as a prize costs the company the same amount of money as handing each hourly Culinary employee $5.
The Venetian is also hosting a $250K “Race to the Finish” contest, featuring cash prizes ranging from $500 to $10K, and a grand prize of a new Tesla Model 3 or $25K cash. To qualify, hourly Venetian employees must work every scheduled or on-call shift between last Sunday night and Monday, November 20. A spokesperson for the Venetian expressed the importance of showing gratitude and appreciation to their team members after a year of hard work, commitment, flexibility, and patience.
Employees working during race week are expected to face unpredictable and unprecedented challenges with travel, parking, and demanding guests on a Las Vegas Strip that’s closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. This is anticipated to be an iconic week in Las Vegas, and it is essential to ensure that the employees are recognized for their resilience and determination to make this event the most incredible that Las Vegas has ever hosted.