Taking Pacha Global: The Mango Agency wins Pacha Group

The Mango Agency is thrilled to announce its appointment as lead global agency for Pacha Group, as the iconic hospitality, music and lifestyle company enters a new evolution in its journey.   With a rich, storied heritage based in music, community, and artistry, Pacha is set to extend its global footprint and bring the spirit of the brand to more people in more ways.

Destino Pacha Resort

Known as the ‘Destination to reconnect with the island,’ Destino exudes a natural Ibizan aesthetic and echoes the energy of the island. Situated against the backdrop of the bay of Talamanca, the white palette and earth tones create an ambience that enhances the calm surroundings. With gastronomy at the heart of the experience, the open-air restaurant delivers a menu of creative Mediterranean cuisine using local produce and the day club presents poolside cocktails accompanied by a Balearic soundtrack.

Lío Ibiza

Sensuality, fun, hedonism, freedom, and magic return to the unforgettable nights of the white island in one of the most creative cabaret restaurants in the world. In its 10th season, Lío Ibiza is more alive than ever and will celebrate a journey through time, in which those milestones of its history will return to the stage, interspersed with new and current numbers under the artistic direction of Joan Gracia.

Situated on the sea, with the city of Dalt Vila as an epic setting, from the beginning Lío Ibiza has delivered an ethereal cabaret show that is provocative, sensual and glamorous. Lío Ibiza returns more alive than ever, to write a new era in its history.

About The Pacha Group

The Pacha Group is an international family-owned holding company that operates in the music, leisure, entertainment, hospitality, fragrance and fashion sectors, among others, with a large international presence through its brands: Pacha Ibiza (Night club) , Lío, Destino Pacha Resort and The Hotel Pacha. A business group characterized by exporting the Ibiza lifestyle to the whole world, a carefree, fun, sophisticated lifestyle committed to the environment and the people of the island.

Downward Dogs Go Up: The Mango Agency welcomes Bulldog Online

With lockdown forcing us all to work from home and with gyms and studios closed, the Mangoes have turned to at-home workouts to help us stay healthy, both physically and mentally. Following suit with much of the UK, at home yoga has been the go-to exercise of choice, which is why we are delighted to be working with Bulldog Online.

Bulldog Online is a completely new type of yoga platform whose founder, the businessman and co-owner of Bankside Hotel Jon Cummins, describes it being “yoga for non-yogis.” Created out of his own love of the physical benefits of yoga but dislike of the traditional yogi vibes, Jon was inspired to create an online platform that would make yoga more approachable, affordable, accessible and fun.

Offering varied and dynamic online classes with upbeat playlists, Bulldog’s online classes are recorded live – offering a virtual feeling of being in the studio, but with the reality of being in your own judgement-free home. No sanskrit, no chanting, no intimidation. Bulldog’s mission is for people to do what they can and not worry about “being good at yoga.”

How to reduce ‘Zoom fatigue’

For the past three months we’ve had our fair share of Zoom calls and webinars. Although these have been vital in keeping us connected, they are tiring. Being on video call requires more than face-to-face chat – we need to work harder to process non-verbal cues like facial expressions, tone of voice and body language. We are also hyper-aware of what we look like and how we come across as we are forced to view ourselves on camera; paying close attention to all this can really zap our energy.

As well as helping to keep our bodies strong and our minds sane, Bulldog’s training director Tessa Jenkins has shown the us the poses we need to do at our desk to relieve the dreaded ‘Zoom fatigue.’

Here are three poses that can be done at your desk to improve posture and help us stay awake and most importantly for these times, stay calm!

Pose 1 – Seated cat cow

We often slump forward when we are seated for a long time and if our computers are too low, which is often the case at home. As you sit at your desk place your hands on the desk and round your back like a “halloween cat” and let all the air out of your lungs then pull your chest forward and squeeze your shoulder blades together and take a big breath and fill up your lungs. Do several sets of these, it allows flexion and extension of your spine but also allows some rhythmic breath to bring in some fresh air and wake you up!

Pose 2 – Seated / Chair Pigeon

Sit tall in your chair and cross one ankle over the opposite thigh. Take a deep breath in and as you exhale hinge at the hips and lower your chest as close to your lower leg as possible.  Hands can rest on your chair or on the desk.  When we sit for a long time our hamstrings and pelvic muscles can get tight this pigeon can relieve some of that tightness and create a little more ease while you sit.

Pose 3 – Seated meditation

Sit resting back on the chair and close your eyes. This can give a rest to tired eyes after staring at a computer during the day.  Do a body scan mediation to check in with each part of your body from your toes to the crown of your head. Checking in with your body along with focusing on breath work can give your mind and eyes a break so you can be ready for the next meeting in a matter of minutes!

The Future of Work: How to Communicate Effectively When Working Remotely

Now that working from home is the ‘new normal’, teams around the world are adjusting to communicating entirely online and through voice and video calls. It’s an ongoing learning process as we figure out the most effective ways to be productive in the home office, aka the dining room table. Transitioning from a more structured work environment to an unstructured environment has meant we’ve had our fair share of crackling calls, poor connections and chat participants zoning out or driven to distraction by the Brady Bunch faces peering out from the virtual abyss. Now that it’s been a while, we’ve gotten into a groove and nailed a few of the essentials. Technology, your company culture and good communications are the crucial components for success. You need effective tools, a degree of self-awareness and empathy, and some systems and processes that actually work.  

1. Map out clear expectations for day-to-day communications with your team and clients.

Aside from set meetings, what is the best way to manage your daily work flow during this time so that everyone feels supported and is clear on priorities? This is not the time to under-communicate, use all available methods to keep in touch with home-bound workers: email, chat, video calls, telephone. Create a communication playbook that outlines the who, what, when, and how the team can expect to interact.  This could look like an internal morning kick off with a 10 minute check-in, or something more formal – and it can be adjusted accordingly depending on everyone’s feedback.  Do certain people need more of your time? Whatever you land on, make sure it’s working and don’t micro-manage your team by going through every item on each person’s to-do list. People can manage their workflow effectively when they know that they have appropriate access to team members or stakeholders.

2. Communicate your availability

Publish/have an open calendar so others can see it and quickly understand your commitments. You can also update your Zoom/Slack Chat status to busy when you need to.

3. It’s not just what you say – it’s how you say it

Take extra care with your wording on any written communications. Mind your tone and err on the side of politeness and caution, tensions are fraught during this time and it’s cool to be kind. Whilst we may be time-crunched and brevity feels effective, one-word responses, a lack of salutations or hastily written feedback can be wrongly interpreted.

4. Get the right tools in place

Now is the time to ensure everyone is using the right tools for the right type of conversation –  whether that’s Slack and whatsapp for text message and Skype or Zoom for video call, or virtual task management tools like Basecamp. Pick a system, learn it and stick with it. Make sure everyone has a solid understanding of how to use their apps, and if not, encourage them to attend online trainings.

5. Use the tools effectively

Videochat do’s & don’ts

  • Stay on mute in large meetings just in case a dog barks or someone rings the doorbell. Holding the spacebar on Zoom to unmute to make a quick comment makes it so much simpler to manage audio. 
  • Embrace screen sharing for effective collaboration
  • Use in-meeting chat as a way to share links or resources
  • The free version of Zoom allows you to record calls to your computer, which is helpful if you need to log a record or refer back to anything during the call. 
  • Make sure you (and your space) look professional – open up the camera on your laptop or switch on your external camera and see what’s visible in the background before the call so you can make any adjustments to lighting, laptop height or add in a free virtual background.

What our Mangoes are saying…

“I find that It’s  really important with  the whole team working from home to prioritise communication  about things other than work. A company that  is overly focused on getting down to business on the morning call may be in danger of seeming deaf to its workforce when home is the new office and “home” is so different to everyone in the team. To some, home working may mean glorious isolation and a time to think, to others (especially now) it’s juggling the client to-do list with the demands of young children and others, may not really have a space to call their own in their home. So, as well as communicating effectively through meetings  and 1-2-1s, having clarity, setting and managing expectations and encouraging team chats, it’s also really important for your team  morale to listen and share stories about life on the home front, how people find working from home, what is “home” to them. Only through understanding and support can you make this work for your team and continue to ensure that they can be productive, have a good work/ life balance and be their best selves.”
– Sarah Curra, CEO

“I’m missing the wider community and broader professional network that I’d usually see at events or around town over coffees and drinks, so I’m connecting with people over whatsapp, forwarding articles, funny memes or just dropping them a line to say hello. It’s actually leading to deeper connection and conversations as people seem to be opening up more, sharing resources and ideas.”
– Andrea Seifert, Associate Director Singapore

“I’m finding shorter, but more frequent meetings more effective and better for my particular team as we like to bounce ideas off each other ‘in person’ on video.”
– Patty Kahn-Saunders, International Director

“I have always been a big believer in face to face interaction, particularly in our industry where communication and relationships are key, however I have really enjoyed working with our individual clients and industry partners to come up with new methods of interaction! Whatsapp brainstorms, sharing trend reports and interesting articles over Microsoft Teams, coffee media meetings via Zoom… I love getting to see the human/personal side of the people I work with and I think it has made us kinder and more supportive to one another. I actually feel far more focused and productive and not having to spend time commuting has enabled me to be more efficient with my time.”
– Charlotte Fox, Senior Account Director UK