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.
Articles by Monica Torres
What the ‘Arrested Development’ interview can teach us about dismissing coworkers
When your coworker rallies up the courage to share a story about being verbally abused by another coworker, your job is to listen and be respectful. You want them to know that you support them, and find their experience to be valid, even if their recollection of events does not match your own.
Science explains why the office window seat is so coveted
Getting the seat by the office window is a coveted prize, and now science backs up why we want it so much. According to a new daylight study conducted by Cornell University’s Dr. Alan Hedge, our proximity to natural light can boost our productivity.
Scientists have coined a name for surfing the internet during work hours: ‘cyberloafing’
When the workday drags on, we may turn to the wonders of the world wide web for a spark of entertainment. Now, scientists in a new study, have a term for it: "cyberloafing," or personal use of the internet during working hours.
Parents win lawsuit to evict 30-year-old son who won’t move out
For one 30-year-old man in upstate New York, it took getting sued by his parents for him to finally be persuaded to move out and leave the house. On Tuesday, Mark and Christina Rotondo successfully won a lawsuit to evict their son Michael from their home.
Survey: These are the best companies to intern at in 2018
When you're an intern at a company, you want to know that you fetching coffee and doing entry-level grunt work will one day pay off. At Indeed, data scientists found out where that hard work and effort was rewarded, releasing a list of the top-rated workplaces for interns in 2018.
Survey: The secret to a successful life is apparently tied to your mouth
If you want to become successful, break out your dental floss. According to a new Porch survey of over 1,000 people, the most successful people were disciplined about their dental care regimen, among other self-care habits.
How to give yourself structure when you work from home
When you work from your bed, it's all too easy to let the day slip by hunched over a computer, forgetting to take breaks or eat. To make your remote work successful, you need to build yourself the set schedule and structure of an office into your home. Here's how to do it.
WARNING: Watching expert videos makes you think you are more capable than you are
When we watch how-to videos on loop, we may get the smug thought of 'I bet I could do that.' But this overconfidence can backfire, and suddenly we are holding broken parts of a standing desk in despair. What went wrong? It looked so easy to build on the screen!
Never feel bad about a late deadline! Someone turned in a book 47 years past the due date
Next time you beat yourself up about turning in a project past the deadline, don't feel bad! Recognize that you are timely and punctual, compared at least to one person who fulfilled a deadline five decades late.
Here’s how to turn that complaint into action
Instead of venting just to vent, a new article in Harvard Business Review shows us how we can channel the energy behind a complaint into productive action.
Survey: 5 things job seekers want to know before applying
When you're an employer that wants to attract top talent, be careful how you tell the story of your company in public, because there are eyes online who are watching your answers very closely.
This is what Steve Jobs did to get the best feedback from employees
To get the best feedback, take note from Apple co-founder and Pixar former chairman's Steve Jobs' approach to it — don't make feedback an optional question, make it a demand of every meeting that each employee is responsible for answering.
This new AI service will transcribe conference calls in real-time
With a new voice-driven, artificially-intelligent service, you'll never have to pay attention during long, boring conference calls again.
Survey: More women are paying alimony and child support
In the eyes of the law, alimony payments are becoming a gender-neutral space. As more women become the primary wage earners of their household, this means that women are no longer off the hook from financially supporting their ex.
Smart or sad? One-third of us work during vacation to enjoy vacation
Respondents claimed it made them more productive during the summer if they didn't stop working completely. It may seem counterintuitive to the concept of a relaxing vacation, but some of us feel like we need to keep working on our breaks to feel less stressed about work.
By 35, you apparently need to have twice your salary saved for retirement
Hope you've been saving since your nascent twenties because the number listed is not pocket change. Fidelity Investments experts said you need to have a year's worth of your salary saved by 30. By 35, that number needs to jump to double your salary.
A digestive disaster! Employee bakes laxative-laced brownies for her coworker’s farewell
Before you eat the baked goods your coworker brought, make sure that you actually trust their good intentions. One 47-year-old Michigan employee was just fired for bringing laxative-laced brownies that were intended for a departing coworker's goodbye party.
Why we fall for fake experts and how to watch out for them
It is too easy to be duped by charlatans in your office. They may look like experts, they may talk like experts, but when you take a deeper look, you realize that there is nothing of substance going on there.
If you’re reading this, you’re too old to master a new language
Are you older than 10? It's too late for you to be perfectly fluent in a foreign language. Before you attempt to learn a new language as an adult, recognize the futility of your task.
Study: Almost half of Millennials expect to leave their job in 2 years
When it comes to jobs, millennials are not looking to stay in one place, always looking for greener pastures. According to a new survey of 10,455 employed millennials across 36 countries by Deloitte, millennials are not loyal to one employer.
Thanks to Amazon, many parents won’t name their kids Alexa
After Amazon released its Alexa product line, the popularity of the name dramatically dropped off — by 21.3% in 2016, and another 19.5% last year.
Why ‘agreeing to disagree’ is a bad management tactic
When you decide to play referee with your team's disagreement, one of the worst things you can end the argument with is "agreeing to disagree."
Study: Online crowdfunders trust woman-led ventures more
Looking at three years of Kickstarter data, the university found that women were more likely than men to have their startup ideas funded. Why? Because they were trusted more.
Study: Women who interrupt conversation seen as less intelligent by men
When you interject your awesome point in a meeting, will your colleagues consider you assertive or rude? The answer may, unfortunately, depend on your gender, according to new research from Stanford’s Katherine Hilton, a doctoral candidate in linguistics.
Survey: Millennials much more stressed than older colleagues
Stress does not get evenly distributed at work, a new survey of 4,500 people from the Mental Health Foundation has found. Turns out, age makes a significant difference in whether you find the workplace an oasis or a stressful nightmare.