ACT Tessera Workforce

The workforce solution for comprehensive and reliable Essential Skills assessment.

Measure What Matters and Improve Your Workplace

ACT® Tessera Workforce® is the preeminent solution to improve your company’s competitive advantage and increase employee performance. Tessera Workforce leverages a unique combination of item types built on decades of extensive personality research and linked to the Big Five traits and HEXACO framework to measure essential skills—commonly known as soft skills.

Beyond Self-Reporting

Our advanced methodology yields more reliable, valid results than traditional self-reporting.

Simple to Deploy

Our online assessment tool is easy for employers to administer and requires no special or time-consuming preparation.

Actionable Feedback

Our reports are user friendly and the included Playbook recommends resources and strategies to develop essential skills.

Essential Skills and Why They're Important

Essential skills are commonly known as soft skills for the workplace. These include skills like critical thinking, determination, teamwork, and decision making. Based on extensive research, when individuals increase their essential skills, they improve their:

  • Work Readiness
  • Work Attitudes
  • Career Success
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Job Performance

Get more resources on essential skills and why they matter in the Measure What Matters and Improve Your Workplace Webinar.

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Exceptional Essential Skills Are No Longer Optional

Critical thinking, determination, teamwork, and decision-making—they’re all known as essential skills. The best companies not only measure these skills, but find ways to strengthen them across their enterprise. 





Work Ethic


Backed by the HEXACO Personality Framework

Your employees need more than encouragement to build essential skills. They need a program with impact. ACT Tessera Workforce is informed by the HEXACO personality framework.

The HEXACO personality framework was developed after several years of research investigating its structure. HEXACO skills are malleable—they aren’t fixed, but designed to be strengthened and honed. 

Tessera Workforce Skills

HEXACO Factors

Integrity translates to: Honesty/Humility
Resilience translates to: Emotional Stability
Leadership translates to: Extraversion
Collaboration translates to: Agreeableness
Work Ethic translates to: Conscientiousness
Creativity translates to: Openness

How it Works

ACT Tessera Workforce integrates a multimodal approach to assessment.
We go beyond traditional self-reporting, yielding more reliable, valid results by integrating three different methodologies:

Self-Report Rating

Users rate the extent to which they agree with several statements.

Situational Judgment

Users are presented with scenarios and five possible responses to each. 

Forced-Choice Items

Users select statements that are “most like them” and “least like them.”

The Playbook Completes the Picture

The ACT Tessera Workforce Playbook includes a detailed score report, plus strategies and activities to help employees improve upon skills in each domain.

Each activity:

  • Takes no longer than 40 minutes to complete
  • Includes information on why each essential skill is important
  • Provides opportunities for employees to practice building the skill

Elevate Your Organization’s Skillset for the Future—Today

Realize the power of ACT’s latest workforce solution. 

Have questions? Call 800-967-5539 or complete this contact form.