[Excerpt] Sustainable work over the life course, according to the working definition set out by Eurofound, means that ‘living and working conditions are such that they support people in engaging and remaining in work throughout an extended working life’. Making work sustainable throughout the life course requires that two domains are addressed: (a) the characteristics of the job and the work environment and (b) the characteristics and circumstances of the individual. It demands accommodation and adaptation between these two domains as both evolve over time, where work corresponds to the abilities, needs and personal circumstances of the worker throughout the life course. Work that is sustainable enables more people to enter the labour market; it also enables people to continue working throughout their life and into older age.
This report focuses on national policies that help to achieve sustainable work in 10 Member States. The study looks at how these policies are being implemented, whether they are integrated into a coherent framework, and whether they are complementary or contradictory.