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My team leader, who only works part time during the summer months, is not offering me (or other team members) adequate help when he's in the office. We're told he is either too busy with his own work or we should figure it out ourselves, despite these being questions we can't look up the answer to.
I've brought this up during our weekly meetings, when we talk about what we've worked on. I have listed which tasks I can't progress with and why. He'll say to leave it for now and work on something else, assigning more tasks so you don't run out. So I now have a growing list of semi-completed tasks for which the deadline is the end of this month and this is making me increasingly fearful.
Who can I talk to about this? My team lead answers directly to the CEO, but the CEO is on vacation until the end of the month and not reachable unless in case of emergency. I could try and talk to our HR person but I'm not sure if she is the right person for this? Or should I just listen to my team lead and keep working on other things? My main worry is that I'm going to be seen as not doing my job or being unsuited for it. How can I best handle this so I don't end up being at fault?