I have been working with my team for a while now. Some of them for over three years. We have an open office together. Some of us have lunch together. We have a laid back work environment. So what often happens once I get into a 1 on 1s with my directs is that there is not a lot to talk about that both of us don't already know. Not with everyone, but sometimes it is a struggle to find something new to discuss.
I start off by saying, "so how's it going?" But often the answer is, "well, you know, we just talked about it yesterday at lunch, or in the snack room."
My question is, if I have an open, long standing relationship with my directs, and for some, having weekly 1 on 1s is not covering any new ground, what would you suggest that might help it not feel forced?