BLUF : Do you think that it is professional ethical behavior to take another job and not return to a job that granted a leave of absence for professional development ?
This is just an informal poll because I am conflicted about how I feel about this and a colleague that is doing this.
The situation :
We have a professional university staff member who was granted a 1 year (unpaid) leave of absence so that they could take a one (1) year paid fellowship at a professional organization in another state.
We have been holding the position open (unfilled) and other members of our staff have been sharing the burden of the extra workload in her absence. It hasn't been easy.
Now 9 months into the fellowship she has been offered a position in that other organization to be full time at a much greater salary than we can offer her back here.
I am happy for her that she has had the chance for the professional development and that she can now move onto a greater opportunity.
On one hand I can't fault her for wanting to take a great job opportunity;
And yet I somehow feel that she owed us at least one year back here before she started looking for another job.
What are some of your other thoughts ?