I work in a corporate setting and I have put a great deal of work into custom-building specific tools and gathering information which assists me in my job here. I and others have noticed these tools allow me to arrive at accurate conclusions, produce accurate results.
As a result of my self-gathered data and self-built tools, I am able to answer questions with proper information. Technically, all the data by which I arrive at these answers is available to anyone through our proprietary ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system.
Am I obligated—or can I be compelled—to share with my employer the tools that I built, or to reveal how I arrived at my conclusions?
I have gathered data X, which allowed me to create query Y, which provides conclusion Z; which is very useful for decision-making.
Am I obligated to explain the steps I took (what data I gathered and how I formulated my query to arrive at the conclusion)? Or is it alright for me to keep my methods to myself, as technically all the data is available in the ERP system, and anyone who was willing to put in the effort I put in could theoretically arrive at the same conclusions?
The workplace environment is quite toxic: I certainly wouldn’t be given credit for sharing my methods, they would merely be appropriated from me, and used by someone else to get the credit.
If I were properly motivated—i.e. incentivized—I would be happy to share what I have built. But the toxic environment precludes this. How can I convey this without angering anyone / making anyone jealous?