Biff, the bully from the Back to the Future movies, is in every way an iconic symbol of the big, bad bully some teens dealt with in school. For employers, the workplace bully can just as easily be receptionist Sally, and she may very well be costing the company thousands of dollars.

Workplace bullying happens frequently but many HR managers may be in the dark. About one-in-three (35%) of employees admitted they've had an office bully and more than one-quarter of HR managers say they think workplace bullying happens at least somewhat often at their company, according to recent research from the staffing firm OfficeTeam.

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