Nearly two thirds of workers would consider taking a sabbatical in a couple of years' time, with many claiming that they feel unfulfilled in their everyday jobs.
A survey by ethical volunteering organisation Global Vision International (GVI) has found that over half of British workers are not obtaining fulfilment in the workplace and many believe that helping others would enable them to achieve this, Online Recruitment reports.
Sixty per cent said that they would like to be able to help people less fortunate than themselves, while a fifth would embrace environment-based volunteer work.
However, 48 per cent admitted that they would feel more fulfilled if they saw themselves earning more.
Alexis Bleasdale of GVI told Online Recruitment that it was heartening to see so many people wanting to help other people and the environment, rather than simply gain a bigger pay packet.
"There is definitely a growing awareness amongst people about the true satisfaction that one can get by taking time out to volunteer, and many forward-thinking employers are recognising this by offering sabbatical programmes," she revealed.
"We definitely see plenty of people who come back from volunteering with a new lease of life, enthused by their personal ability to make a difference on important humanitarian or conservation projects."