Nicola Mendelsohn, head of Meta’s World Enterprise Group, was having fun with the perks of a four-day workweek earlier than it turned in style.

A cornerstone of Mendelsohn’s profession has been putting a stability between her private {and professional} obligations—and by no means letting work take the higher hand. When her children had been younger, she mentioned at Fortune’s Most Highly effective Girls Subsequent Gen convention in San Diego on Wednesday, she took a pay lower to work a four-day workweek, so she may very well be round her kids extra and assist elevate them.

That did impression her profession, she instructed Fortune’s Emma Hinchliffe: She turned down a number of CEO jobs provided to her at the moment, which she didn’t take as a result of she didn’t consider she might do an excellent job each for her household and for these firms concurrently.

“In some unspecified time in the future [with your career], you’re actually pushing on different factors,” she went on. “What I’ve realized as I feel again on that interval is that I’ve 4 kids. Each time I went away and took six months of maternity go away, I truly grew as an individual by that point.” 

These six months gave her a brand new perspective, she mentioned. “If you happen to develop as an individual, it implies that you develop as a pacesetter as nicely when it comes to what you come again on.” 

It’s not at all times really easy. The chances are closely stacked in opposition to working mothers, particularly those that take any time away from work for childcare. Practically half of working mothers report combating melancholy and anxiousness. There’s additionally the “motherhood penalty,” through which ladies’s pay additional decreases after they change into moms. No surprise versatile preparations—like 4-day workweeks—are so in style amongst working mothers specifically.

Mendelsohn is pleased with the truth that she’s promoted many ladies through the years whereas they had been on maternity go away, as a result of she might clearly see the trail they had been on. She didn’t consider in the concept that you should be current for an additional six months after go away to be able to be thought of for a promotion. “If the particular person is nice sufficient, it doesn’t matter in the event that they’re on maternity go away or not. They need to go ahead,” she mentioned. “So yeah, [taking time off] was the suitable resolution for me at the moment.”

She introduced that very same method when she was recognized in 2016 with follicular lymphoma, a uncommon and incurable blood most cancers, and knew her profession must take a short lived backseat in order that her well being must come first. The everyday follicular lymphoma affected person could have between six and eight relapses of their lifetime, Mendelsohn mentioned, including that it motivated her to guage her life.

“I appeared round and thought, what do I do? I like what I do. So I need to proceed to do [that]. As a result of I knew how lucky I used to be, I additionally know the way unlucky many others are,” she mentioned, including that bosses ought to help their workers when they’re their most susceptible.

As for discover employers who can acknowledge and respect staff who prioritize their very own wants and well being, Mendelsohn mentioned, “I feel for those who consider in your self, you’ll discover the suitable companions and the suitable employer,” even when that concept is tough to know whereas early in your profession.