The cult of "life-work balance" wants us to think that some people have their life and work in perfect equilibrium. (Probably the same mythical people who "have it all.") But it also promotes the idea that "life" and "work" are separate spheres of one's existence. Part of that fallacy is semantic—are we not living "life" while at work?—but the bigger issue is the idea that we have to check our personal lives at the front door of our workplaces. Apparently, we can't bring our whole selves to work. And apparently, our personal lives are irrelevant in the workplace.