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madison17

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Chinese
While discrepancies and inconsistencies prevail, where one person’s flexible working comes at the expense of another picking up the slack, where people’s needs are pitted against each other in a warped battle to be most deserving, we will still have divisions and toxicity that ultimately benefit no one. Indeed, if the approach to flexible working had been less selective from the outset, we might by now be further down the line in seeing the office-bound nine to five for the anachronism it undoubtedly is, and all be much closer to something far more progressive.

Hey guys, does "be further down the line" here mean in the future?

Thanks!
 
  • Uncle Jack

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    British English
    Not really. The writer sees that increased flexible working is bound to happen, according to a certain timeline (one thing happens, leading to another thing happening and so on). We are less far down that timeline than we might have been had the approach to flexible working had been less selective from the outset.

    [Cross-posted with Hermione, whose explanation is better than mine.]
     
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