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

Leadership

8 quotations on leadership from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Frequently quoted by leaders everywhere today for inspiration, Dr. King's advice on leadership is as relevant and as urgent now as it was when he first gave it decades ago.

Job Search

Research: Working for a company that’s been shamed can cost you money

When you work for a company that's been up to no good, employers will start to think you're up to no good — even if you're innocent. Working for a company that's been accused of misconduct can not only cost your professional reputation, it will literally cost you money.

Management

Survey: Majority of managers are uncomfortable with communication (aka doing their jobs)

Without regular feedback, teams fall apart. To be an effective manager, you need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Here's how to be a strong communicator, even when you need to deliver bad news.

Advice

11 celebrities’ best advice to their younger selves

Here are the best pieces of life and career advice celebrities and leaders like Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey would give their younger selves, so that we can learn along with them, and hopefully learn to see a pitfall before we fall into it.

News

Survey: Americans have an extremely high bar for what constitutes online harassment

When it comes to online harassment, Americans are more divided on what is right, what is wrong, and who is responsible for the problem.

Science of Work

Study: Your partner’s cell phone use might be dragging down your career

A new study has found that a spouse's cell phone use at home can lead to a lower sense of job performance and career satisfaction for their partner.

Productivity

This can be the most important day of your month

As the new year gets underway, many of us may be finding our ambitious resolutions hard to keep. How do we stay accountable to ourselves?

Sleep

When you fail at counting sheep, try this word game to fall asleep

if you still can't sleep after counting sheep, try this sleep trick backed by cognitive science on how to purposefully scramble your thoughts using a word game until you can fall asleep.

The Future of Work

These were the craziest workplace surveillance stories of 2017

New advances in technology are making it easier than ever for our employers to track our movements, whereabouts, and employability. These were the craziest stories of 2017.

Drinking

How to survive Dry January at the office

As part of our New Year's resolution to live healthier this year, many of us choose to forego alcohol for the month of January in a phenomenon known as Dry January. Here's how to stick to it at work.

Inspiration

Oprah Winfrey’s 9 best pieces of career advice

Winfrey has had a lifetime to build her wisdom. As a daytime talk show host, Winfrey became a pioneer in making a career out of giving confessional advice. Here's a roundup of her best career lessons.

Science of Work

Study: Perfectionism is on the rise among millennials

While holding to yourself to a high standard can help you strive for success, perfectionism can also hold your career back when it becomes your only metric for success and satisfaction.

News

Survey: Highly educated dads get the most time with their children

Six in 10 fathers still say they spend too little time with their children, but highly educated dads with advanced degrees seem to be better off and spend the most time with their children.

News

Ex-Google engineer James Damore files class-action suit alleging discrimination against white conservative men

Former Google engineer James Damore filed a class-action lawsuit against Google for discrimination on account of alleged 'perceived conservative political views,' 'their male gender,' or 'their Caucasian race.'

Management

Simon Sinek explains why you should be the last to speak in a meeting

Be a better listener by being the last one to speak your opinion in a meeting. When you wait to hear what your team is going to say, you're giving your team a chance to grow into leaders who can feel comfortable sharing their opinions with each other.

News

Here’s what one state is doing to help workers caring for elderly parents

What happens when you need to take care of your parents on top of doing your job? Strain on yourself and your colleagues — plus massive lost productivity.

Success

This is why LeBron James doesn’t lose sleep over losses

By prioritizing his family's achievements over his professional accomplishments, LeBron James is pushing back against the narrative that your job needs to be your everything.

Office Life

Here’s when it is — and isn’t — okay to quit your new, horrible job

If you've ever had a no good, horrible first day at your new job, a treasonous thought may start to tempt you — how soon is too soon to quit?

News

In Iceland, it’s now illegal for men to be paid more than women

Iceland has now made it illegal for men to be paid more than women, reportedly becoming the first country in the world to make public and private employers prove they offer equal pay to men and women for equal work.

Productivity

How to take a ‘think week’ (or day) like Bill Gates

To recharge our tired minds and come back stronger than our competition, we need to leave the regular routine and distractions within our office. Here's how Bill Gates does it.

Science of Work

Study: Bosses should think twice about showing vulnerability

How much do our co-workers need to know about our personal lives? According to a LinkedIn and CensusWide survey, your answer differs depending on your age. Bosses, in particular, should never overshare.

New Year

4 anti-resolutions that you can actually keep in 2018

To address your bad old habits, consider pledging your allegiance to anti-resolutions this year. Here's a list of easy ones you can follow in 2018 to have a more productive, fulfilling career.

Health

This is the best excuse to use for calling in sick at work

We've all been in need of an excuse to tell our employer so we can get a day of much-needed rest. If you've got to play sick, here's the best way to do it.

News

New Time’s Up initiative wants to help less famous employees deal with sexual harassment

On Monday, 300 women in Hollywood shared an open letter and an initiative titled 'Time's Up,' which outlined how they would use their privileged platform to help employees who are not famous deal with sexual harassment.

Office Life

How to greet someone professionally online

As technology makes it easier for us to professionally greet each other on social networks, we're running into new challenges of how to communicate.