The article is an attempt to answer questions concerning the most common intangible employee motivation factors and their evaluation by employees. In the first part of the article the authors try to find an answer to the question why people work in this way and not in any other way and discuss issues related to employee motivation and motivation. The second part presents the results of empirical research conducted in Polish micro and small production enterprises located in the Wielkopolska Region; the research concerns the most frequently occurring and most significant, from the perspective of the respondents, intangible motivation factors.
The main aim of this article is to present the results of research evaluating the effectiveness of particular non-material motivation factors and trying to explain their influence on the development of motivation systems. The study analyzes concepts related to employee motivation and presents the results of own research, taking into account the gender aspect.