While the official 2016 voluntary benefits market sales numbers won't be calculated until next year, anecdotal evidence from brokers, consultants and analysts suggests another strong year of growth.

To that end, we reached out to several stakeholders with various roles in the market. All have high expectations for next year. And all see continued momentum for consumer-driven workplace trends.

Here are some impressions on the past year and future from a diverse representation of industry players — voluntary specialists, a traditional broker, a voluntary market analytics provider, a consultant, a benefits disrupter and an industry analyst.

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Nick Thornton

Nick Thornton is a financial writer covering retirement and health care issues for BenefitsPRO and ALM Media. He greatly enjoys learning from the vast minds in the legal, academic, advisory and money management communities when covering the retirement space. He's also written on international marketing trends, financial institution risk management, defense and energy issues, the restaurant industry in New York City, surfing, cigars, rum, travel, and fishing. When not writing, he's pushing into some land or water.