Not every bully stands 6-foot-3 and weighs in at 319 pounds, as does former Miami Dolphins player Richie Incognito. They can be the petite woman in sales support, or the skinny dude back in IT. But if they decide to harass one of your key players, they might as well be throwing a cross-body block on staff morale.
The alleged hazing of Dolphins player Jonathan Martin cost the Dolphins two key players when Martin quit and Incognito was suspended for his bad behavior. The significance of the situation, bullying experts say, is that it was so egregious it came to light. Most times, these experts agree, bullying goes on unchallenged by management or even unnoticed. The cost of this unreported bullying can be high —although not as high as if someone quits and sues the company.