Flex Office
Three Types of Day Offices
September 26, 2023
Flexday Team

The day office is a relatively new term in office real estate, but it's gaining popularity especially among more new companies preferring flex or hybrid workplace policies.

The days of spending five days inside an office is a thing of the past for many early stage companies. The result of realized behaviour post-pandemic, diverse talent pool in other parts of the country (or world!), and better tech for working together asynchronously, many small and growing businesses have either decided to shed their leases or shrink their footprint to be more purposeful with their in-person meetings and realize lease cost savings.

So the need for day offices (also, flex offices or fractional HQs) rose -- versatile, on-demand workspaces designed to accommodate a variety of styles, purpose and preferences.

We explore three quintessential types of day offices and delve into the differences that make each unique.

The Corporate Retreat

The Corporate Retreat day office is designed to provide a serene and distraction-free environment for a team seeking solitude and focus. These day offices - also called, offsites - are often located in quiet and picturesque settings, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Features of the Corporate Retreat day office include:

  • Secluded Locations: These day offices are often situated in tranquil settings, such as in the countryside, near a lake, or in a peaceful forested area.
  • Minimalist Design: The interior is designed with simplicity in mind, featuring clean lines, neutral colours, and ergonomic furniture to promote concentration.
  • Nature Views: Large windows offer breathtaking views of nature, allowing occupants to take a break and recharge their creativity by connecting with the outdoors.
  • Minimal Distractions: These day offices may come equipped with noise-cancelling rooms and limited access to technology to help your team focus without distractions.

Despite being located at the centre of Ottawa, the classroom-style meeting room at TCC Collaboration Centre provides purposeful space for a team to learn or train for a whole day - distraction-free.
Relaxation room at TCC Collaboration Centre in Ottawa encourages workers to disconnect and unwind in its premises.
Muskoka Collective in cottage county, Bracebridge, Ontario has serene spaces that are steps away from nature - perfect for those day-long offsite planning meets.
Despite being in the Downtown West area of Toronto, Flexday Suite - Richmond & Portland is a sprawling 5,377 sq. ft. of private space for your company. Featuring a large workspace area, meeting rooms, private offices and a private kitchenette, this is a fractional HQ that can accommodate your inner city offsite.

The Urban Hub

The Urban Hub day office caters to the needs of companies who thrive in the heart of the city's business and social scene (i.e.: ecom, fintech, etc.). This type of day office is strategically located in the central business district or trendy neighbourhoods. Key characteristics of the Urban Hub day office include:

  • Prime Location: You'll find these day offices in the midst of the urban jungle, often within walking distance of major business centres, restaurants, and entertainment venues.
  • Modern Amenities: Urban Hubs are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, high-speed internet, and ergonomic furnishings to meet the demands of modern work.
  • Collaborative Spaces: These day offices often offer collaborative workspaces, meeting rooms, and breakout rooms to facilitate connections simultaneously between various teams in a company.
  • Energetic Work Atmosphere: Expect a dynamic and energetic atmosphere, made possible by large open workspace areas that allow for anyone to mingle easily with each other

Industrious Downtown Toronto offers three floors of spacious window views of the city core. Spread your team out in their coworking lounge, one of many areas that come as a complimentary amenity when you book a formal day office for your team.
Flexday Suite at King & Yonge is a whole suite floor in a heritage building at the heart of Downtown Toronto (less than a minute walk from King Station). Enjoy your own full-floor suite with your team, and get more privacy huddling and building culture one day a week.
iQ Offices in Vancouver have a ton of amenities and mountain-view sights from anywhere in its main floor. Featuring private call booths that anyone in the team can use when you book a private office for a day.
Flexday Suite - 154 University Avenue is the very definition of urban core office. Over 4,500 sq. ft. - a full floor in a glass tower in the central part of Downtown Toronto - it boasts of one large conference room w/ white board and TV, two private offices and a spacious open workspace area, plus private kitchenette for a fully private company townhall day.

The Cozy Corner

The Cozy Corner day office is perfect for those seeking a warm and inviting atmosphere that combines the comforts of home with the functionality of a workspace. This type of day office is ideal for companies in the creative field (i.e.: mobile app games), and who appreciate a relaxed environment. Key features of the Cozy Corner day office include:

  • Homey Decor: The interior is designed with cozy furnishings, soft lighting, and a touch of personalization to create a homely ambiance.
  • Flexibility: Cozy Corners often offer a variety of seating options, from comfortable sofas to bean bags, allowing occupants to choose their ideal workspace.
  • Amenities: You can expect amenities like a well-stocked kitchenette, coffee machine, and even board games or relaxation spaces for short breaks.
  • Quiet Productivity: While these day offices are cozy, they are still designed to facilitate productivity, with reliable Wi-Fi and a peaceful atmosphere.

Flexday Suite - Liberty Village is a loft-style office suite occupying one of only a small number of custom-designed flats in a turn-of-the-century industrial building at the east-end of Toronto. Full privacy for your team to huddle in!
Flexday Suite - Richmond & Bathurst is a full office suite that allows your whole company to vibe in full privacy. Featuring multiple areas to work at in the most relaxed environment, this converted industrial building sits at the creative corridor of Downtown West Toronto.
Flexday Suite - Vancouver Podcast Studio features amenities and boho furniture that make conversations flow. This small office suite is perfect for any small digital content team looking to power through a day's work - or discussions.

Day offices come in a variety of flavours to cater to the diverse needs and preferences of today's companies. Whether you prefer a serene retreat, a bustling urban environment, or a cozy corner to work from, there's a day office out there designed just for your team. The key is to choose the one that aligns with your huddle purpose and workstyles, and helps you make the most of your productive "in-office" hours.

Get in touch to inquire more about spaces featured in this blog, or to rent any of these day offices - or others you'd want to discover - for the day.