Your question refers to ‘colleagues’ rather than employees that you supervise or manage.
Unless there is a policy & procedure in place prohibiting contacting colleagues, i.e. work mates, on non-working hours, there is no reason you can’t do it.
There may be valid reasons. I work in healthcare. Occasionally, we have situations where a colleague has worked on a specific issue but hasn’t clearly communicated what needs to be done or provided important details. We may have to phone them at home to discover. It doesn’t happen often, but it happens.
However, just because you are not prohibited from calling somebody away from work, it doesn’t mean you should.
If a person has requested that you not call them, unless it is a specific, urgent, work-related query, respect their wishes and not contact them.
Some people are private people. Some people separated work and non-work.
Some might say that if an issue is work-related … at work is the place to deal with it, not on an employee’s off-duty time.
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