Best Buy spokesperson Matt Furman said: "When you're in a turnaround situation, it truly is all hands on deck."
According to the Star Tribune Carol Spieckerman, president of retail consulting firm newmarketbuilders said: "In a lot of ways, it's a symbolic way for Best Buy and Yahoo to remind their employees that the old ways are not going to guide the company."
Best Buy said that its decision was made over a month before the Yahoo announcement, and the edict by Yahoo was not related.
Both of these ailing companies have made the same strategic change for similar reasons.
The route back to success might be dependent on face-to-face interactions — without all the distractions of working from home.
Only time will tell if both Yahoo and Best Buy are truly trailblazing with their return to the office mandate — or whether they are trying to fight fire in firms that are already burned out.