I speak with many grad students and postdoc every year, both in informal context (coffee break) and formal occasions (mentoring sessions at conferences). Not surprisingly, most of them do not speak to their advisors/supervisors. Keeping everything in does not help doing good science, and definitely does not improve one’s happiness at work.
30 years old people with a PhD are capable of running complex experiments, but not ready to talk. We do not get trained in conflict resolution and interactions with colleagues. Suddenly, someone breaks and disappear, or leaves angrily to a new job.
Join this effort in improving academic communication in 2015. Invite your busy advisor/supervisor for a coffee, luring him/her with the perspective of a high IF publication! If your advisor is Prof. Smith, do this ONLY after securing another job!