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.


Articles by Monica Torres


This is the price of happiness according to researchers

Money can buy you happiness — but only up to a point. Researchers found a strong relationship between individual's income and their personal satisfaction ... and the numbers may surprise you.


And the award for worst commute goes to …

In New York City, which has the country's longest commute time, you can actually win a prize for your heroism braving your absolutely terrible commute.


4 ways to help get over career bitterness

Here's how to healthily process everyday work disappointments, so that you won't get consumed with unhelpful bitterness.


This AI chatbot can help you anonymously report harassment in the workplace

If you feel uncomfortable telling your story of harassment at work to a human, a new chatbot called Spot has a solution free from the bureaucracy of human resources.


Labor board rules ex-Google employee’s firing over ‘gender stereotypes’ was legal

A federal government agency has concluded that Google did not break labor laws for firing James Damore, the Google engineer who wrote a controversial memo about his company's diversity initiatives.


9 quotes from U.S. presidents we can apply to our careers

On the third Monday of February, people around the United States close up shops, companies, and schools to honor the past presidents. As many of us celebrate Presidents Day, here are some lessons of leadership we can apply to our own careers even if we aren't in charge of leading a nation.


The crazy reason this U.S. senator can’t take maternity leave

Tammy Duckworth is certainly not the first working woman to be a mother, but this year, she is set to become the first U.S. senator to give birth while in office. She recently discussed the upcoming challenge of caring for a newborn while needing to be physically present for votes.


The sound of people chewing can actually stop you from getting work done

If the sound of people chewing gum in your office drives you crazy, there's a medical term for your frustration — misophonia, also known as selective sound sensitivity syndrome.


Learn and earn: This language can help you cash in

Turns out, learning a second language can literally pay off. An MIT economist calculated the exact monetary returns of learning different foreign languages for U.S. college graduates and found that there are measurable benefits to learning how to conjugate German, French, and Spanish verbs.


Google is making email live and interactive

What if your email was a living, breathing thing that updated automatically? Google announced that Gmail is moving towards that future.


Survey: Americans reach a record level of unhappiness

If you're feeling gloomy at work, don't think that it's just you. According to the annual Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, Americans are currently more unhappy than they have been in a decade.

Office culture

This is how ethical leaders can be bad bosses

When an ethical leader sets exacting standards that are stressful to meet, this stress leads employees to act out their frustrations and anxieties on the job, causing employee turnover and deviant behavior.


Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim shows us why enjoying the moment can make you more successful

Olympic athletes spend years of practice preparing for their one big moment. Under this pressure, you may think that the best way forward is to be serious to stay focused. Studies have shown otherwise, and for Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim broadcasting her food cravings to 189,000 followers helps ease her nerves.


Get inspired by Mirai Nagasu and Adam Rippon’s Olympic comeback

Four years ago, figure skaters Mirai Nagasu and Adam Rippon were eating In-N-Out cheeseburgers in shared misery after being left off the U.S. Olympics team roster. Here's how they maintained the focus necessary to keep going after a long setback.


Your paycheck may not matter to a date, but your debt does

When you first start dating someone, you're evaluating them for compatibility with your values, searching for clues for where their interests meet yours. Two new surveys have found that how much our dates earn is not a concern, but whether or not they are in debt definitely does.


A missing comma resulted in a group of dairy drivers getting $5 million

Unclear grammar can literally cost your company millions of dollars. Just ask Oakhurst Dairy. According to court documents, the Maine-based dairy company said it was settling its comma dispute with its drivers for $5 million.

Office Life

At Facebook, you can only ask out your coworker once

A new Wall Street Journal report found that at Facebook, dating employees is treated with a one-and-done strike policy: employees are only allowed to ask a co-worker out once. If the coworker is not interested, the other coworker must move on and cannot ask them out again.


Study: Your office’s dim lighting could be making you a dimwit

If you are having trouble remembering what you did today at work, your office light may be the culprit. A new study published in Hippocampus found that dim lighting makes it harder to learn and remember tasks.


Facebook patents technology to predict whether you’re rich or poor

We already know that Facebook is watching us very closely, learning more about us each day. With its new patent, Facebook is signaling that it wants to go one step further and make predictions about our socioeconomic class.


Since #MeToo, number of men uncomfortable being alone with a woman at work has doubled

Since #MeToo and sexual harassment became a national conversation this fall, the survey found that male managers are more likely to treat their female subordinates at arms' length. The survey found the male managers are three times more likely now to say they are uncomfortable mentoring women.

Job search

Odds are ‘who you know’ isn’t going to help get you that job

Don't depend on the people you know to get you the job you want. Personal referrals from friends and former coworkers are mostly ineffective and costly to both employees and employers.


Study: Workplace wellness programs do not save employees money or make them healthier

Over 50 million workers are currently enrolled in workplace wellness programs, but a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that these programs did not significantly save employees money or make them healthier.


Is baldness holding your career back? McDonald’s french fries could be the cure

When you're a balding man in the office, your receding hairline will be seen as a disadvantage in the workplace. If you are looking a cheaper alternative to prohibitively expensive treatments, one new study has discovered a baldness-curing ingredient that you can buy for as cheap as $1.39 — McDonald's french fries.


Relax! Using your cellphone at work won’t give you cancer

Frequent daily cellphone use most likely does not lead to an increased health risk according to a new report.


Survey: Employees say harassment goes unreported more than HR professionals do

Even after the #MeToo movement has made sexual workplace harassment a national conversation, there's still a sharp divide between the number of incidents and what actually gets reported to Human Resources.