Re: Yes. He was.
Yes, he was absolutely right.
I might be inclined to cut the IT staff some slack *IF* they had everything done to absolute perfection, were massively exceeding expectations and were then spending a few hours doing some "team building" in a properly managed manner in time that would otherwise be spent doing "make work" with the blessing of their management.
But they clearly were fucking around instead of doing their jobs if the backups weren't being done.