The Workbench allows you to create shortcuts to Open the Workbench and Select a database and undertake Backups and Compacts. Given the fact that the Workbench will not undertake the Compact and Backup until everyone has stopped using the database, this is a useful way of undertaking necessary database maintenance and software development.
Figure 1 - Creating a Workbench shortcut
Figure 2 - Creating an Access shortcut
If you want to see more on the command line options that are available in the Workbench, read The Access Workbench Command Line Switches + Scheduling page.