MGM Resorts furloughs managers, but hires seasonal workers

MGM Resorts furloughs managers, but hires seasonal workers

The casino operator is reducing its mid-level staffing ranks, but needs temporary employees to step on

There’s good news and bad news coming out of MGM Resorts International. The casino operator, like most, has suffered because of COVID-19 and continued restrictions in Las Vegas are forcing it to reconsider how it conducts business until things return to normal. With tens of thousands of casino employees still out of work in Vegas, MGM is making some changes to its staffing levels that will, when all is said and done, put more people back to work.

MGM announced this week that it has furloughed around 140 managers at various Vegas properties. However, at the same time, it is preparing to hire as many as 400 seasonal workers, giving the company a net-positive staffing level of 260. That may not be a significant gain, especially since the company has furloughed almost 63,000 employees since the coronavirus pandemic began, but it’s at least a step in the right direction.

Brian Ahern, an MGM spokesperson, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “We are focused on bringing employees back to work when business levels recover. We are optimistic that, with vaccine distribution and other developments, we will return to higher business levels and staffing soon.”

The seasonal employees won’t be manning the casino floors. MGM needs workers to fill positions related to its resort pools, including security officers, receptionists, lifeguards, attendants and more. These positions will be ready to go early next month and will run through early November. Richard McGowan, a finance professor at Boston College who follows the casino and gaming markets, told, “Clearly, MGM expects that the worst of the COVID virus will be over by June. It is a bit of a risky bet, but MGM needs to have its bricks and mortar operations to be fully functioning.”

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