In its latest report, Insider claims that the progress of the Apple health team is slowed down by organizational problems like the departure of high-profile executives, internal politics, and the company’s culture of suffering in silence. The report is based on input from eleven current and former employees at Apple and documents.
Previously, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg wrote that the tech giant is facing a flux of high-profile departure from its iCloud, Health, and Artificial Intelligence teams because of the high rate of hiring, lack of innovative work, and its remote work policy. Emily Fox, former in-charge of Health AI research, to join a university.
Apple rejects the allegations about the Apple Health team
Once again, employees treatment at Apple is put under the spotlight. The new report claims that the Cupertino tech company’s ambitions to “create a lasting legacy in healthcare” are marred by internal issues and several departures because of its culture to “punish” those employees who raise concerns.
It was reported that the Apple Health team is suffering because employees who raise concerns face negative treatment and inaccurate information is passed to the company senior management including COO Jeff Williams, in charge of Apple Watch and Apple’s health initiatives.
Recently, several internal issues at Apple have surfaced in public which reveals employees’ discontent with the company’s culture of secrecy, and HR’s incompetence to deal with discrimination and abuse at the workplace. And these organizational issues are impacting the progress of the Apple Health team by leaving the group “without clear direction and struggling to mesh Apple’s hardware-oriented culture with the practices of the medical business.”
However, Apple has denied all allegations asserted in the report by saying that they are “based on incomplete, outdated, and inaccurate information,” and “any and all allegations of retaliatory behavior are investigated thoroughly and handled with appropriate corrective actions.”