(This problem takes place at a university, but I still think it belongs here, as it is more about colleague relationship / work ethics than about academia.)
I work as an assistant at a university. My professor retired this year and after a while it turned out, his successor would not employ me, despite my prof was repeatedly urging him to do so. Because of this I now work at a different chair but at the same institute. My new position is not bad but not exactly what I had planned for myself. So much for the setting.
Now that successor has employed someone else as his assistant. This person now approached me, asking for the teaching material that I created while working under the old professor. Which brings me to my little dilemma:
- I could just give him the material. Of course this means that the successor will have access to my work 'for free', without employing me. This just doesn't seem right to me.
- The other option is of course to deny him my material. My old professor also advised me to do so. However, I would probably make some enemies for myself at the institute. Also I would feel bad about making the life of his new employee harder by not giving him something to work with. It's not his fault that his boss didn't want me.
So I am pondering what to do. On the one hand I don't feel comfortable giving something for free to someone who did not employ me. Then again, I don't want to be mean to his underling, and I don't really gain anything from withholding my material. Maybe I just need a little impulse to do the right thing.
Maybe someone can give me his/her perspective on this. Thanks!