Monica Torres

Monica Torres

Monica Torres

Monica Torres is a reporter for Ladders based in New York City. She previously worked as a trending news editor for Facebook. She has written about tech, feminism, and sports for Fusion, Real Life magazine, Slate, and the Hairpin.

Email: mtorres@theladders.com

Articles by Monica Torres

Food at work

WeWork bans employees from expensing meat

WeWork told its global staffers that the company that provides shared workspaces around the world will no longer expense meals that include meat.

News

Just sniffing coffee is enough to boost your job performance

A new study explains why the pick-me-up of coffee's scent is not just in our heads. Coffee's scent has brain-boosting powers.

Networking

This is what you should put on a business card

A business card is endlessly customizable, but a word of caution before you go crazy with colors and fonts: when designing, know your audience.

Office Life

Study: Meetings with agendas are less wanted, but they work

Meetings can be time-sucking vortexes that steal our attention and energy. But here's some bad news for those of us who hate meetings — meetings work.

News

Study: An orange a day keeps the bad vision at bay

There is one fruit proven to boost your sight and prevent loss of vision — an orange. Start chopping up those orange slices.

Job search

The economy is so strong, job seekers are ghosting employers

Now, because of a strong labor market, it's the job seekers who are doing the "ghosting," or disappearing without notice.

News

Using exact change in Venmo transactions makes us look petty

When we pay friends the exact amount owed, we may think we're being helpfully conscientious, but it can come off as petty and make us dislike the stickler.

Health

Why your cold can feel worse in the summer

The reason why your summer cold can tend to feel worse than a winter cold is more psychological than biological, experts say.

Job search

Why you need to vet and coach your job references

At their best, a good job reference is your cheerleader. But at their worst, they can be the reason why you get ruled out of contention.

Office Culture

At Amazon, you can appeal your firing to a jury of coworkers

If you're on the chopping block at your job, the decision of whether or not you get fired is usually in the hands of your manager. At retail giant Amazon, however, you can defend yourself and appeal the decision to a jury of your peers. Announced last year, the "Pivot" probation program is designed to help underperforming employees in danger of being fired in Amazon's growing workforce.

Success

Who gets to be defined as a self-made success?

Who gets to be called a self-made success? This is a debate that Forbes Magazine kicked off when it put Kylie Jenner on its cover.

News

Tired at work? Try out this new nap pod lounge

When you work in an office that may be an impossibility. Enter the rise of the nap pod service for employees seeking a relaxing break from office drudgery.

Health

How walking faster could help you live longer

If you're the type to saunter or stroll down a sidewalk, you may want to speed up. A study found that faster walkers had a higher chance of living longer.

Communication

This is the right way to leave a professional voicemail

When it is easier to email someone instantly than spend time ringing them up, the act of leaving a proper voicemail can become a forgotten art.

News

Workers quitting their jobs at fastest rate since 2001

The number of people quitting their jobs is the highest it has been since 2001 – rising 2.4% for an increase of 212,000 – to a total of 3.3 million.

News

Study: Couples in gender-equal countries get better sleep

A study has found gender-role dynamics can change how well you sleep at night as societal expectations of role obligations change your quality of sleep.

Job search

5 pre-interview rituals you can do ‘the day of’

When there are hours leading up to your interview, what can you do to prepare and make the most of your remaining time to get in the right headspace?

Parents At Work

Working moms sympathize with Serena Williams missing baby milestone

Working moms recognized Serena Williams' heartache over missing her child's first steps, and responded with sympathy and advice.

Office Life

Study: Open office plans cause us to ‘socially withdraw’

Research shows that open office plans can result in workers to "socially withdraw" – retreating to their desks and the privacy of the internet.

News

The last straw! Starbucks says it will ban all plastic straws by 2020

The world's largest coffee seller, Starbucks, said it plans to ban plastic straws at all of its 28,000 locations by 2020 as part of a sustainability plan.

News

Research: Women who downplay gender get ahead at work

What does it mean to lead authentically when you are a woman in power? Do you play up the fact that you are a woman or do you hide it? New research advises women to leave gender out of it, finding it to be a limiting construct.

Health

Long work hours increase women’s risk of diabetes

If you work punishingly long hours, you may be physically fine now, but you are increasing your risk of not being fine in the future.

Office Life

About 1 in 5 of us cannot bear a coworker’s bad breath

When you catch a whiff of your coworkers' terrible breath, it can be hard to concentrate on what they are saying. As your coworker drones on and on about projects and deadlines, you are plotting an escape route from their garlic breath.

Food at Work

The healthiest office snacks for you to pick over a bag of chips

To combat the allure of unhealthy foods your office is tempting you with, you need to come armed with healthier snacks. Here are some of the best.

News

People who make $80,000 are most likely to have 4th of July week off

Whether or not you decide to take the whole week of 4th of July off may depend on factors you cannot always control like your workload and what kind of manager you have. But it may also depend on your salary, according to a new survey on employees' vacation habits.