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I want to state a question in the shortest and most effective way possible without making it grammatically incorrect.

The question to ask is:

If my employees and I don't take a break, why should the machines?

I feel something is missing at the end but not sure.

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    What's missing is the repeated verb phrase take a break, deleted by Conjunction Reduction. Repetition is a form of emphasis. Why delete take a break from the second clause, when that's the focus of the question? If my employees and I don't take a break, why should the machines take a break? is much more emphatic and leaves the question hanging there, complete. – John Lawler Oct 16 '17 at 15:15
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    Better yet: Why should the machines take a break, if my employees and I don't? – Davo Oct 22 '17 at 20:36
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A way to shorten the question further would be to make the comparison more fundamental as in:

If humans don't take a break, why should machines?

This minimal form increases the polarity of the issue.
Short, simple questions are considered by some to be effective.

I believe the question is grammatically correct.

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