How do you do morning greetings with skips who work in close proximity in open cubicles?
It is easy for me to do morning greetings with my 3 directs, who each have offices like me. But my 12 skips are in an open space (low wall cubicles), surrounded by another 20 people not in my group, where they can see and hear everyone walking through on their way to the break room. I'd like to greet them because, at a minimum, it seems rude to walk through on my way to the break room without greeting them. It always feels uncomfortable because all interaction is visible and audible to everyone (thus disruptive, and all eyes are on me as the boss), and if I spend more time chatting with one than another it could look like favoritism. On the other hand if I go from one to the next asking the same "how's it going" that seems robotic, and everyone overhears and sees it.
I've considered just shouting a general "good morning" to the whole group. That also seems disruptive, albeit quicker.
The 12 are positioned in 3 quads of 4 desks so I could also stop in each quad and do a general "good morning, how is everyone" to 4 at once (3 times) rather than attempt individual greetings to 12.