I live and work in the UK and my company allows me to work from within UK without me notifying them about this.
I asked my manager 2 months ago whether I could work from another country for a period of 5 days since I knew our connections are monitored and I would be asked why I am logging in from different country. He said it was NOT allowed and it was a company's policy.
I said it was fine and forgot about the whole thing until I learnt that one of the other employees is working from abroad. This came up during meeting (my manager was not present on it) and multiple people heard it, but no-one said anything about that.
I later asked that person and he said he was just on part holiday (it's not like he was asked or needed abroad, in that country we don't even have office), so it wasn't an emergency. This person doesn't report to my manager. But he reports to different manager who is on the same level as my manger. This is a big company (1000+ employees).
I just want to be able to work abroad and don't want to cause any problems to the person who went abroad. I was wondering whether I should follow this up with my manager or HR?