By Daniel Hunter

Half (49.8%) of residents in the UK capital are worried about increased difficulties they will face in getting to and from work during the sports competitions being held in London this summer, according to results from a June 2012 poll commissioned by Parallels, a worldwide leader in hosting and cloud services.

Poll results also revealed that just weeks before the sporting event of the decade is due to begin, more than seven out of ten Londoners (74%) are unsure whether their employers have made any special provision for getting to work during the Games.

With the Games beginning in less than a month, many businesses may be underprepared for the temporary increase in the number of people in London and the travel chaos which could negatively impact work productivity. Whilst some companies have provided special provisions so that staff can work from home to minimise disruption to day-to-day businesses, poll results revealed that more than four out of ten Londoners (44%) do not currently have any technologies that allow them to work remotely.

“Planning ahead to minimise disruption during the Games is vital. It is important for businesses and workers to quickly look at technology they can simply implement in the time left to help ensure that they can work as productively as possible," Kim Johnston, vice president of marketing for desktop virtualisation and Mac at Parallels, said.

"For example, the ability to run Mac and Windows applications simultaneously on one computer and access them remotely via iPad and iPhone can give workers the flexibility to be productive from anywhere, saving time and money.”