The UK workplace is increasingly becoming a zero-tolerance zone for bullies, according to research by the Work Foundation.
Its survey of nearly 300 HR professionals reveals that eight out of 10 organisations now have codes of conduct on bullying and harassment.
A third of respondents report workers breaking the code would be sacked, while 6 per cent would respond with a written warning.
Just under a third of those surveyed consider codes on bullying to be a priority for a well-run workplace.
Angela Ishmael, head of dignity at work for The Work Foundation, said the findings show that bullying is no longer tolerated by the vast majority of employers in the UK.
"Not so long ago bullying was seen by many organisations as little more than a challenging and forceful work style. It is good to see the tide is turning and that employers are more committed to creating work environments where employees no longer need to fear work."
Ishmael believes companies that have codes of conduct in place reflect good management.
"Such initiatives need backing from the top to make the UK workplace a genuinely bully-free zone ," she said.
"It needs supportive colleagues, managers who will help people to raise their concerns and a responsible work culture that tackles the causes and consequences of bullying and harassment before individuals are victimised and jobs lost."
Elaine Clarke, head of personnel at Birmingham International Airport - highlighted as a best practice organisation by The Work Foundation - is in no doubt that an effective anti-bullying and harassment policy is part of creating an efficient work culture.
"Communication is the key so that everybody in an organisation understands their responsibility under the policy. It also raises awareness and demonstrates an organisation's commitment to the policy," she said.