Title Maximising Employee Performance: Minimising the Impact of Substances
Project Number UK/09/LLP-LdV/TOI-163_265
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
The MEPMIS project is working to tackle the impact of alcohol and drugs at work. The project created an e-learning package, accessed via the MEPMIS website, which teaches line managers practical ways in which they can help minimise the impact that the inappropriate use of alcohol and substances has on their organisation.
Specialist trainers across Europe will be able to use the face-to-face training resource developed by the project. This training explores in greater depth the impact of inappropriate use of alcohol and substances on employee performance.
The MEPMIS website provides a central resource where managers can learn how to tackle and prevent the issue of substance use and misuse within their organisation, and read up-to-the minute reports and research findings on the topic of alcohol, drugs and the workplace.
In the context of the global marketplace and the need to remain competitive, inappropriate use of alcohol and drugs by employees is presenting an increasing number of European employers with problems in their workplaces. These include increased sickness absence, lower levels of performance and reduced productivity of staff.
Line managers and supervisors have a key role to play in developing and promoting good corporate practice and minimising the effects on the company of inappropriate use of alcohol and drugs by staff. To do this, and bear in mind that they may well use alcohol or drugs themselves, they may be required to take action when someone they manage uses substances in a way that impacts on their ability to do their job.
Unfortunately, guidance for managers on how to act in these circumstances is often inadequate, incomplete or missing altogether, and many companies do not possess the tools to enable managers to deal with substance use at a corporate level.
The aim of the MEPMIS project was to develop a training resource (web based, & face to face (hard copy) for trainers, and managers in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), that will equip them with the appropriate skills and sufficient knowledge and understanding to enable them to deal both proactively and reactively with the issue of alcohol and drug use by staff when that impacts on their work and employment. These training resources are available through the alcoholdrugsandwork.eu website. This website will be kept live for a period of 2 years after the conclusion of the project.
The Main results of the project are:
1. A needs analysis focused on the issue of substance misuse in the workplace and how managers in SME's respond to this issue
2. A face-to-face learning programme for managers of SME's on the issue of substance misuse in the workplace
3. An e-learning course for managers in SME's on the issue of substance misuse
4. A dissemination plan that widely markets the above results
5. A website (www.alcoholdrugsandwork.eu)
6. Field testing of the face-to-face and e-elearning programmes.
The project has an impact on SME's in any industrial sector as the inappropriate use of alcohol and / or drugs can occur in all employee groups. The risk to health in safety critical sectors of the inappropriate use of alcohol and drugs makes the MEPMIS project particularly salient to these sectors.
The MEPMIS project which commenced in October 2009 brought together agencies from the UK, Eire, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland to help small and medium sized enterprises deal proactively and positively with the issue of employees using alcohol and drugs in a way that impacts on their work performance.
A face to face training programme was developed for managers in SME's and was complimented by the development of an e-learning platofrm and website which acts as a repository for the training courses and useful information.
The MEPMIS project was sustained past the 2 year life span of the funding period to enable maximum exposure of the training products and information created as a result of the project. There are over 80 registered users of the MEPMIS website (and many more ad hoc visitors), and this number grows each month. The project team promoted the MEPMIS project beyond the funding period, for example, trade press continued to run articles on the project in December 2011.
The project team made a commitment to maintain the website for a further 2 years past the project's funding period (up to 2013).
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Activities of Extraterritorial Organisations and Bodies
Activities of Households as Employers; Undifferentiated Goods- and Services-Producing Activities of Households for Own Use
Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Real Estate Activities
Financial and Insurance Activities
Transportation and Storage
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles
Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities
Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply
Mining and Quarrying
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Other Service Activities
Information and Communication
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
A training needs analysis is available to download from the project website - www.alcoholdrugsandwork.eu
The website is live and updated regularly - www.alcoholdrugsandwork.eu
The training materials are available in the via the project website - www.alcoholdrugsandwork.eu
Other project products such as the external evaluators reports are accessed through the ADAM database.