Professional leaders are not doing enough to stop bullying in the workplace, according to a campaign by The Andrea Adams Trust.
The trust, which is the only UK charity dealing exclusively with workplace bullying, launched the campaign after research revealed that harassment and bullying top the list of employee complaints.
According to the research, carried out by the British Occupational Health Research Foundation, one in six UK bosses encourage a bullying style of management, and eight out of 10 workers surveyed said that their manager was the perpetrator of bullying in the workplace.
The trust hopes that its Ban Bullying At Work Day on 26 October will help employers recognise that the workplace benefits from anti-bullying policies. It says organisations should ensure that they have a bullying and harassment policy in place.
"The reality is that leaders must be more than just role models," said Lyn Witheridge, chief executive of The Andrea Adams Trust, which was set up in the memory of the author of a ground-breaking book Bullying at Work.
"The day is a chance to alert leaders to their responsibilities and the business case for anti-bullying policies."