My first management position. Up until now I've been everyone's buddy and now I'm expected to enforce the rules. My instructions are clear, "stomp on them as hard as you have to". I'm willing to do that if it goes that far, but I don't want to make rookie mistakes by coming down too hard when it's not necessary.
They want me to schedule a meeting and make it clear that there will be no discussion and that we are just informing them of policy changes. We are tightening up uniform standards and banning cell phones, among other things. I've tested the waters and there is likely to be back talk at this meeting. I simply will not have it. The rules are pretty standard everywhere and I'm tempted to tell them if they don't like it then good luck out there.
Any advice about how to handle this situation?