Downshifting occurs when workers choose to stay in lower level jobs or accept lower paying positions to produce a balance between work and personal life. Incentives may include reducing stress, minimizing work life intrusions in family time, and promoting family relationships. Those employees who elect to downshift may also acquire more self-reflective approaches to life in general. This may reduce their use of resources and help mitigate the overall effect on the environment. Some employees who downshift their occupations also quit driving to work when possible, resulting in two distinct advantages: decreasing the environmental impact and supporting the local economy.
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