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Hotels desperate for staff are giving out $1,300 fitness machines, free rooms, and knife sets to stop employees leaving for rival chains

A bellboy cleans the mirror in the elevator during a press tour at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski at Pariser Platz.

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Hotels are scrambling to find perks to both recruit and retain employees amid a US labor shortage that’s causing some businesses to cut operating hours, slash production, and raise prices.

Some hotels are offering long-term perks, such as expanded healthcare access and higher wages, while others are turning to one-off quick fixes, such as free fitness machines, cash bonuses, and a set of knives for kitchen staff.

The Gansevoort Meatpacking hotel in New York City gave senior staffers a $1,345 connected-fitness machine, called The Mirror, when they returned to the hotel after details ⇒

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