B&B Office Systems Goes Tobacco Free after the Inaugural Company Lifestyle workshop

“This article is part of a “Spirit of Collaboration” series highlighting successful collaborative efforts between CareerSource North Central Florida and the business community.”

CareerSource North Central Florida is connecting local businesses and nonprofits with one another to create healthy, supportive workplaces across north central Florida.

B&B Office Systems and Tobacco Free Alachua connected at a Company Lifestyle workshop, hosted by CareerSource NCFL in collaboration with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. Empowered with available resources and information, B&B Office Systems President Hal Deck worked with Tobacco Free Alachua to create healthy, tobacco-free grounds at its Gainesville headquarters earlier this year.

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 John-Michael Gonzales, Marilyn Headley, and Andrew Romero present award to B&B President Hal Deck [Right] for their tobacco-free campus policy.
Left to right: John-Michael Gonzales, Marilyn Headley, and Andrew Romero present an award to B&B President Hal Deck [Right] for their new tobacco-free campus policy.
Company Lifestyle is a series of workshops for employers to learn and discuss strategies to enhance company culture, address issues in the workplace and establish a network of support. At session one, Health Policy Consultant Marilyn Headley presented “How Smoking Cessation Programs Can Save Your Company Thousands” with guest speaker Ellen Everette, Sandvik Mining human resources coordinator, who discussed Sandvik’s transition to a 100 percent tobacco-free campus.

While tobacco-free workplace policies can have many financial benefits, Deck made his motivation for a tobacco-free policy clear. “It’s about helping the team get whatever they need to be healthy,” states Deck. Because of the implementation of this new policy, two B&B Office Systems staff members began their journey to quit tobacco for good.

B&B Account Representative Erica Merrell is quitting tobacco thanks to the supportive work environment created by B&B and their new tobacco-free campus policy. “People want to be healthy, this [/fusion_builder_column] [fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] [policy] gives support to push to become a better version of yourself,” Merrell said. “Is it easy? No. But I think it’s great. I think it helps productivity. I think there are all sorts of benefits.

The collaboration between B&B Office Systems and Tobacco Free Alachua is a success for both organizations and just one example of how CareerSource North Central Florida and its Business Services Team connects local business leaders to valuable services in the community.

Read Business in the Heart of Florida’s “Becoming Tobacco-Free Means Disney Trip” and Business Report of North Central Florida’s “Tobacco-Free Facilities Can Save Companies $1,000S” for a recap of Company Lifestyle: Session One.

About the Companies:

B&B Office Systems is a retailer, installer and maintainer of multifunction copiers, printers and paperless systems, serving North Central Florida.

Tobacco Free Alachua is committed to developing and promoting policies that reduce the use and effects of tobacco on all Alachua County residents. They accomplish this by helping local businesses implement supportive tobacco-free workplace policies to help smokers and non-smokers alike live healthier lives. Because smoking costs Florida businesses more than $6000 per smoker each year in healthcare and productivity costs, Tobacco Free Alachua is currently offering free business consultations to organizations interested in improving their company’s wellbeing and bottom line.

CareerSource North Central Florida is dedicated to building a world-class workforce that meets the needs of local business and provides opportunities for local residents. The Business Services teams in Alachua and Bradford counties work directly with employers to identify, develop and retain qualified talent. CareerSource NCFL assists job seekers to find employment and connect with employers, whether they are starting out or starting over.[/fusion_builder_column] [/fusion_builder_row] [/fusion_builder_container]