I'm currently working for a professor in a research institution. The typical interaction with my advisor is as follows:
Me: Hi! How was your weekend/conference/trips?
Prof: Good. Do you have any results to report to me?
Me: (Frantically take out my report) I've done this, that, and that like what you've told me.
Prof: Good. Keep working on it.
Me: (Immediately leave the scene and get back to work)
While I understand that I cannot force him to have any casual conversation with me, it's bugging me that we talk about nothing but research everyday. I have almost no clue about who he is or what he does outside research.
Based on other questions that I've read in this site, I have a feeling this is a norm in academia, though my relationship with my undergrad research advisor was much more friendlier and casual than my current advisor.
My question is: How can I develop a more casual relationship with my advisor? Is this even desirable in academia?
Perhaps this is just my personal preference, but I'd like to have a more casual relationship with someone that I see everyday and talk to everyday. His office is located 5m away from my workspace, and I report to him 1-2 times a day. We also bump into each other numerous times in the corridor, and exchange awkward hi. I don't like to work with someone if I view him as an authoritative figure that only demands results from me, and I often get fearful to see him or talk to him, which I don't think is healthy.
He is not a super-introvert that doesn't like talking to people, because I often see him laughing, talking, and joking around with other professors. That has never happened between two of us.
Somewhat related, but not really: How to deal with an advisor who wants a “friendlier” relationship with me than I do?
EDIT: This is in US, and he does not have any students right now, though he has had students in the past.