Last Updated Jan 14, 2011 12:16 PM EST
Is it a good idea to send an email company-wide without the approval of your boss? Even if it's a nice poem and the goal is to elevate company morale?
No. Heavens, no. It's a bad idea, and I suspect you know why.
The fact that you mentioned "without the approval of your boss" suggests that you know he or she wouldn't approve -- and with good reason.
What you're describing is spam, plain and simple. Your co-workers' inboxes are cluttered enough already, and the reason your boss would frown is because you're adding to it with something non-essential. And using company resources (i.e. the mail server) to do it.
Clearly you have good intentions, and I'm sure it's hard to see the harm in something as innocuous as a "nice poem." But consider this: it's not your job to elevate company morale. Your boss is responsible for that, and if he/she's not getting it done, a poem won't help.
My advice: send the poem to your boss, saying you found it inspirational and perhaps worth sharing with the rest of the crew. Then you look like a thoughtful, proactive employee, not someone trying to pull an end run.