When I was a loader (last year) I averaged around 230-250 (depended on how timely the loads were) before PAS with no misloads while I was a loader, one day I hit 289. My load rate was probably higher than what I was pegged at on paper because I was often helping others on my line, thats just what it averaged out to given hours worked. After PAS my rate went down a bit due to double checking labels, peeling PALs, etc. to avoid misloads. Yet I had more work to do and less time than I had previously. I also stepped it down a little because I knew I was ahead of the curve as it was, I didn't want misload issues like some other people did and was sick of being used to shore up other areas of the building as soon as I had an empty cage. I never minded helping others on my line or on the other side of the boxline (and did so daily), but being sent to the opposite end of the building while my pick took on water was a bit much and made it very difficult to wrap on time. Before PAS this rarely happened, after we were shuffled all over the place.
At the same time and no offense as this clearly doesn't apply to you, a lot of people in my generation and the ones younger than me don't seem to have the work ethic that was instilled in me that is needed to get the higher pph numbers. When I got here it was never confirmed but I knew it was a possibility (at the time) that I was a seasonal hire so I busted my butt and never complained. I wanted them to see that I was a hard worker. I never set out to get the numbers, I just worked at the pace I was familiar with and it happened to be very fast as UPS standards went at the time (they change daily).
Also it seems UPS is no longer playing by their own numbers. Recently I've noticed that a few of my pickoffs have planned days of over 5 hrs (some approaching 6) but we give them 4.5 max (sometimes less). This appears wrong to me for 1 big reason. Credibility. How can I expect someone to do something that I know has little chance of being done? Loading 1200 pieces (and its lopsided, a great deal of the work comes after break just before the primary goes down) in 4-4.5 hours isn't a realistic goal. Especially when giving that person 5.5 hours would still put them ahead of the numbers we are given to meet. Problem is this wouldn't help him either. As I said, the loads are often late and this is a lopsided pickoff (contrary to my manager's opinion, I've loaded this pickoff so I can indeed attest to it being true and not just an excuse as he believes) so he'd still have issues wrapping no matter what. Makes it frustrating and he's indeed been considering walking out many times. He works hard, he's not a slacker, he follows the methods, but its just not enough.