Employee Engagement

Josh Bersin, founder of Bersin by Deloitte, wrote in a Forbes article that HR systems “Originally conceived as systems to help HR managers administer various people practices (even PeopleSoft did this), now HR software is really designed to help employees and managers manage themselves.” And that’s how we designed Katch: to allow employees to manage their own feedback.
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Nelson Mandela said:

“We were born to make manifest the glory within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone.”

At Katch, we were inspired by this vision: to make people shine continuously.

Companies have a hard time getting their people to engage in continuous feedback. This is caused by a number of factors, e.g. that feedback tools are usually manager-driven and manager-owned. We believe this is wrong. In addition, feedback tools are usually complex, based on long-lists, one-off and anonymous. We believe this is wrong. Thirdly, feedback tools generally stop when a report has been produced. You pay the provider and that’s typically the end of it. We believe this is wrong.

We solve things like this:

  • our feedback tool is yours: owned, managed and controlled by the individual
  • the tool is easy, powerful, (also) mobile, and personal
  • the feedback results tie seamlessly into your profile, i.e. this is your ongoing personal reputation

Your most important talents, your Top 5, are public, as well as the number of times you’ve asked for feedback and compliments you’ve given to others. You may view your contacts’ Top 5 and usage stats as well. This means, you may easily meetup with people who complement your talents to build a strong, successful and diverse team.

We believe a company’s manager should not have more rights than us, you and I, as professionals. That’s why, the Dashboard enables the company’s manager to:

  • easily invite additional co-workers to join the paid version of the tool (to get them the extra’s they deserve!)
  • de-invite them when they leave the company (don’t worry, you will keep your data if that happens)
  • filter on usage stats
  • view the users’ Top 5 Qualities

So, we never share the specific feedback between two people: we safeguard privacy this way. This means our tool really, finally belongs to the people, while at the same time, we do facilitate the monitoring of the ongoing feedback culture, company’s key competences, and the individual’s top talents.

Here are a few screenshots of the Dashboard.

Easy invite of new co-workers, invitations are automatically sent.


View your people’s Top 5 Qualities, and learn how intense they ask feedback and give compliments. This way local managers may support people specifically.

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Company’s managers may filter in various ways to learn how the feedback culture evolves and may send filtered groups of users specific helpful onboarding messages.

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Some of the stats to view, in addition to each co-workers’ Top 5 Qualities are shown by the following screenshots:



 Our team is developing the tool and Dashboard rapidly: any of your feedback will be highly appreciated and converted into new features and additional stats, as long as it creates value for the people in your company and safeguards the privacy of their individual feedback they receive from others.

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Any questions or suggestions? Send us your feedback!

The team



Nelson Mandela inspired KatchLast night we learned that Nelson Mandela died. He inspired us to found Katch, since we believe like Mandela that people are meant to shine. We start our presentations by mentioning this and referring to him. We know at Katch that asking for feedback, to learn how others experience you, and teach them as well about their talents and things to improve, requires courage and opening-up. It requires to leave fear behind. That’s not easy, but it is the only way. At least that’s what we believe and try to enable with Katch. That’s why we believe Katch should empower people to open up to each other, collaborate, make each other shine.

Please read, enjoy and share below part of his famous 1994 speech. So, you know why we’re gonna miss him. We daily pass by his statue in The Hague, on our way to school. I gently hope, my children are inspired by him too.


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Nelson Mandela, 1918 – 2013