For quite some time, Eurofound, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, is concerned with sustainable work. The role of work motivation for sustainable work outcomes of employees in the European Union takes centre stage in an Eurofound concept paper issued 2018.
It defines sustainable work as living and working conditions being such "that they support people in engaging and remaining in work throughout an extended working life". (Eurofound 2015, Sustainable work over the life course: Concept paper Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, p. 2)
The findings of the paper "support the importance of all three motivational categories for sustainable work outcome measures [extrinsic motivation (paid appropriately, having good prospects, being appreciated at work etc.), intrinsic motivation (doing meaningful work) and organisational justice and trust (fairness at the workplace, trust between colleagues and management etc.)]. Employees reported higher levels of work engagement when their job had intrinsic value and was perceived as meaningful, recognised, fair und properly paid."
Sustainable work. The role of motivation for sustainable work. Dublin: Eurofound. (Working paper)