I don't think work life balance is overrated. It's our culture that is undermining the needs of a work-life balance. I'm using needs vs other terms because I think for some of us; the pole has tilted in such a way that if you don't brake and get off the pedal you won't even realize it's unhealthy. I've had friends who worked everyday; not because they enjoy it but because they had to. They drag themselves to work everyday and lament about corporate life.. the proceed to work 8-8pm; essentially a 12hr shift with no OT.. in hopes to complete the assignment to no avail. Sometimes, they burn their weekends for work too. Is that healthy? The article mentioned rhythm of the company. Yes, I agree with that. Ideally one do not sacrifice the business for breaks but what if the business is perpetually growing and there's simply no breaks? Continuously subjecting your employees to no breaks in a stressful environment = burnout. What would you expect from a productivity point of view? For myself, as an employee I try not to take breaks when it's the peak period but if I could manage my work life to be in sync with my personal with sufficient rest in between it's the best. And by that it simply means I come to work the intended hours; do my best and finish the assignment. Sure, sometimes you'd have to work harder to chiong the datelines but not ALL the time. Every job has a downtime. A time when the system is down, when the pace slows a little for you to pick up where you left off. If today you find that you can't breathe at your job, ask yourself this. Is it your workload, is it your way of working or is it simply your leader at work.. who keeps on piling up unnecessary work to "keep you busy"? For me, if it's something that can be resolved by changing the way of working or talking it out (re-allocation of workload) then it's fine. If not, the work life balance simply cannot be corrected and it's time to move out.