So I made a program that does my own job.
I worked about 9 months on it, using the time I saved from not having to do my job, plus staying after work, plus working on it on the weekends.
The company makes every employees sign a letter that they own any and all intellectual property in any form that I could make, including if I make it at home and up to one year after I leave the company.
Early this year I approached my boss about an idea and they had me talk to IP lawyers and they submitted my idea as a patent. They gave me a small bonus (0.75 of a week's pay) and reminded me that they owned my idea as I was inventing it.
So it's pretty clear that they will not give me anything for my effort that is comparable to just doing whatever I want with my free time from now on. Or even something that is proportionnal to the effort I put in this program (about 800 hours, 27 thousands lines of code).
I'm not a programmer in my job and this company doesn't hire programmers anyway. I have no path of advancement by letting them know what I did. They'll just take my program and re-assign the three persons doing this job, including me, probably to a worse job that can't be automated this time.
So with all this, what are my options? Should I just hit delete? I am concerned that if they even figure out that it is automatable or how I did it, then even if I delete my program, I will suffer the same negative consequences.
Any advice for me?
thanks (Also I can't quit because this job already pays as good as a senior programmer)