Alcohol at company picnic
Upper management has decided that there will be no alcoholic beverages (beer and wine) at the company picnic this year. And, of course, I got to announce this.
We only gave employees two drink tickets each, but the nondrinkers would give their tickets away and the bartenders from the caterer didn't keep track of who got how many drinks. We did do pre-picnic communication about not drinking and driving, correct behavior at company functions, etc.
Despite the beer bottle through a window incident last year, employees seem shocked by this announcement--and perturbed to say the least. One employee said to me "why should we be punished because of someone else's bad behavior?"
Any suggestions on what I should say? Employees don't seem to care about employer liability issues.