A trend. I would say, yes. Some trends last for years and some are shorter lived. I believe that this trend will be around for at least the remainder for 2021 and will impact ALL labor categories. I am not sure that I would categorize it as a justifiable movement. To me, it feels more personal in my opinion. The pandemic has caused so many people to view their lives from a different lens which I believe is the main driver of this trend. I have talked to so many people and the common themes I am hearing are the following; I want to stay remote, I realized that I needed a change, I want something different, the money isn't as important any more, work-life balance is my main driver now, etc. All of these statements lean towards people seeing things differently for themselves which is leading to what some are calling "The Great Resignation". No industry will escape the impact. Several articles are stating some companies may see up to a 50% turn. I don't ever remember hearing numbers like that in my 25+ year career.
How we react as leaders and organizations will make a big difference on just how much our companies are impacted by this trend. I believe that the companies that find a flexible way to "blend" will be the winners in the end and keep more of their staff. I think blended families are some of the most beautiful families in the world because of all of the color and diversity. Companies that welcome a blended employee base will come out stronger. Blended to me means; work schedules, remote & hybrid environments, policy changes, diversity and inclusion efforts, expanding training & development to allow those lacking experience to have opportunities, openness to new approaches and so much more. Old school and rigid approaches to running companies will be the ones who lose the most.
I, for one will be a leader pushing for "blending" my organization's family and opening my mind to view things through multiple new and colorful lenses.