How to Incorporate Pop Culture into Your Workspace

Whether you like movie posters, rock and roll memorabilia, or even Internet memes that you print out, you can use pop culture to add a personal touch to your workspace. It’s a great way to spice up a bland office or cubicle, add a personal touch to your surroundings, and give you something to discuss with your coworkers. However, you need to know how to incorporate these little touches of pop culture in a way that enhances your workspace without causing too much of a distraction. Here are a few tips that will help you with that.

Remember Your Company’s Culture

Before you start adding fun memorabilia to your office, take a look at your company’s culture. If you work in a more professional office setting, you will likely want to keep most of your personal touches to a minimum. You might be able to get away with framing a vintage movie poster in your office or put a small collectible figure on your desk, but it should be fairly nondescript if you really need to be taken seriously in your position. On the other hand, if you work in a more laid-back environment, you can have a little more fun when decorating your workspace with things that you like. You obviously don’t want to include anything that some people could find offensive, but go ahead and add a few touches that show off your personality and interests.

If you’re not sure what to put in your workspace, take a look at what your coworkers are doing. If they’ve obviously been having fun personalizing their own spaces, you can do the same. If they’ve been keeping this low-key, keep your personal touches subtle.

Add Elements that Include Others

One of the best parts of adding a little pop culture to the workplace is how it fosters conversation with your coworkers. For example, if you have a poster for a popular movie, hanging it up might encourage others to discuss it with you. It obviously can’t be too much of a distraction, but it could be a good icebreaker when speaking with new employees. If you’re in an office full of sports fans, you might be able to include things such as friendly March Madness wagers, discussions about the Olympic games, or anything else that might spark people’s interest at work.

Arrange Fun Activities Around Pop Culture

This will depend on your company’s culture and the kind of job that you have, but you can come up with a lot of fun activities based on pop culture. This can include discussions about favorite movie quotes, icebreakers about popular songs during meetings, or maybe even group outings if there’s a movie that people want to see. This is really up to you, but it could be a great way to encourage everyone in your office to come together over some shared interests.

Pop culture brings people together in many ways, even in the workplace. These are just a few suggestions that could liven up a slow day at work, but it could make things more interesting. As long as you aren’t creating too much of a distraction, feel free to get as creative as you want.



Alex is the co-author of 100 Greatest Plays, 100 Greatest Cricketers, 100 Greatest Films and 100 Greatest Moments. He has written for a wide variety of publications including The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, The Guardian and The Telegraph.

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